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Trip to store turns violent for elderly Valley man

PHOENIX — Phoenix police are looking for a man they believe punched an elderly man in the head after an encounter in the checkout line.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said a 66-year-old man was in a market near 16th Street and Thomas buying some items, including beer. He asked a Hispanic man in line if he wanted a beer, and that man became upset and words were exchanged. The victim left the store while the other man got into a white or light colored GMC Yukon or Tahoe SUV.

Thompson said that’s when things got ugly.

“As that man (the victim) was walking up the street, the suspect got out of the SUV and walked up behind him,” Thompson said. “The victim turned around in time to be struck in the head, and he fell on the ground.”

Thompson said the man was taken to the hospital but is not expected to survive.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, approximately 5’7″ and 150 to 170 pounds.

Anyone with information concerning the suspect or where the vehicle may be is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.