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Ferndale Man Suffers Broken Jaw from Attack on Woodward Ave.

Ferndale Man Suffers Broken Jaw from Attack on Woodward Ave.

(Crystal A. Proxmire, June 17, 2014)

UPDATE:  A fund has been created to help the victim with his expenses.  Learn more at

A 54-year-old man is hospitalized with a broken jaw and a face laceration after being attacked by two men while walking along Woodward near Wordsworth Sunday night.

The man was walking with a male companion when the attack took place. “We were walking north on Woodward, because I wanted White Castles, around midnight last night. Two African-American males were walking south with an older gentleman about 50 yards behind them,” the uninjured man said.

“A silver or gold sedan turned down Wordsworth as we got to the crosswalk, after it passed the two men ran up, hit [name withheld] and knocked him out and ran to the car and drove away. The whole incident took less than 30 seconds.”

The man said the victim lost consciousness and remains in the hospital with a broken jaw, a cut and swelling to his face.

“The injuries will heal after the $25,000 plus hospital bill, but the fact that I have to drive by the bloody street makes me not want to leave my house. I am afraid to walk my dog around the block as I have enjoyed since we have gotten him. I will probably never again walk downtown for fear of every shadow,” he said. sidebar016grow“They looked normal. Danger didn’t ping my radar. Now I have to be suspicious of anyone I see on the street, or any car that drives by. Whoever you are I hope you rot in jail like the animal that you have shown yourself to be.”

Police Lt. William Wilson said “We think it was just a random incident, that someone saw an opportunity to do something bad, and did. We haven’t had any other reports of assaults like this. We don’t think it is part of a trend.” Police searched the area for a car matching the description, but have not found any suspects as of yet.

Anyone with information can contact the Ferndale Police at (248) 541-3650.


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