ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Police are searching for the man responsible for beating another man nearly to death near his own home.
It happened Saturday night and it may have all been over the homeowner telling a speeding driver to slow down.
“I went over there and they said do you know who this is?”
Jake Henry’s neighbor of more than eight years was so badly beaten, he couldn’t even recognize him. He was found across from his home on Oak Lane Road.
“He was laying on the right side so the left side of his face was exposed and just a huge, huge wad of blood coming from his nose and mouth,” Henry said.
It all happened Saturday evening. Police say they found the 44-year-old lying on his stomach in a ditch. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department isn’t releasing his name. They say he got into some sort of argument with a driver, but don’t know why.
Neighbors think he was attacked after telling the driver to slow down. The victim’s family says he suffered several broken bones in his face, including shattered teeth and a broken nose.
“It’s a dangerous world when you see what other human beings are capable of doing to another human being. It’s upsetting," said Deputy Chief with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, Dominic Iasparro.
That’s an understatement for the victim’s family. His sister lives out of state. “To hear that some of the neighbors say they saw the guy dragging my brother around like a rag doll, that crushes me. That’s very hard to take in,” said the victim’s sister.
So far, police say there are no suspects and no arrests have been made.
Detectives say several kids witnessed the attack which is probably why he would have yelled at the driver to slow down.
Several neighbors say it’s shocking to hear of this happening in front of their homes and while kids were around. The victim’s sister describes him as a peacemaker and neighbors say he’s always looking out for the kids on the block.
Police say the man drove away in a white car. If he’s caught, he could face several different charges like Aggravated Battery. If you have any information, you’re asked to call Crimestoppers.