After being brutally beaten Sunday afternoon, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran in Miami is nursing several injuries while mourning the loss of his C5 Corvette.
With injuries that look as if he might have still been in combat, Omar Sixto told a WSVN-TV reporter that he was repairing the windshield wiper on his red convertible when suddenly he was hit on the back of the head.
Earlier, Sixto had noticed a man in his early 20s pacing across the street from the friend’s house where he was working on his Corvette but said the clean-cut man didn’t leave him concerned.
“I should have really paid attention to the guy pacing, but he didn’t look like a criminal,” Sixto said. “He didn’t look like a criminal at all.”
That man apparently beat Sixto before stealing his Corvette.
“I had blood here, blood here, and you know, I felt the tooth, you know, chip,” Sixto said, pointing to different spots on his head. “I just went unconscious. I never knew what hit me. I never knew. I don’t even remember how I got up. I was totally dizzy.”
When he woke up, he realized he was hurt and his car was gone.
“I have a broken bone here in my eye socket. The septum in the nose is also broken. Three stitches here, eight here, three in the back and a chipped tooth,” Sixto said.
“A couple of inches further in the brain, I would have been gone,” Sixto said.
Apparently, the thief wasn’t too concerned about that.
“He left him for dead,” said Richard Sixto, Omar’s nephew. “It’s sad. It’s sad to see that someone would do that.”
You might be able to help Sixto and his family get past this ordeal if you happen to spot the 2000 Corvette convertible with a tan top and a Florida tag of 266LTW.
Sixto hopes someone will be able to provide the information that will lead to the capture of his attacker.
“It was a close call. No matter what, it was a close call,” Sixto said. “I could have been killed [Sunday].”
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
WSVN is reporting this afternoon that the Corvette has been located in Miami Gardens, FL. Police say the Convertible Corvette was located Tuesday near Northwest 203rd Terrace abd 43rd Avenue.
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