LAWRENCE (CBS) – Rafael Castellanos of Lawrence just got out of the hospital after two painful days. The 81-year-old told WBZ a robber who got away with only seven dollars from his wallet viciously beat him.

“He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Tio’s friend and I’m not going to hurt you,’” Rafael Castellanos told WBZ-TV. “And he said, ‘give me your money.’ I told him I don’t have money. And he said, ‘give me your wallet or we’re going to have problems.’”

With a black eye surrounded by stitches, Castellanos tried to make sense of the moments before he was viciously attacked and robbed on his daily walk early Sunday morning in Lawrence.

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Rafael Castellanos (WBZ-TV

“I go on walks every day,” Castellanos said. “But that day I left the house too early. Because he was desperate and high.”

The suspect, 33-year-old Kalish Rodriguez, is seen in a video punching and kicking the 81-year-old before going through his pockets and walking away with his wallet.

Police said a woman who lived nearby shot the images on her smartphone. When she heard Castellanos screaming for help she called police.

When Castellanos was shown the video for the first time he was overcome with pain just watching.

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Suspect who allegedly beat and robbed an 81-year-old man in Lawrence (WBZ-TV)

“He attacked me. He punched me here and that knocked me to the ground. Once I was down I guess he kicked me a bunch of times,” Castellanos said.

Castellanos was transported to Lawrence General Hospital where he was treated for bruised ribs and cuts to his face and forehead.

The video led police to the suspect, who was quickly arrested a short time after the beating, on a host of charges including unarmed robbery and assault and battery on the elderly.

Castellanos said he’s grateful for the neighbor who stepped up and will now focus on his recovery.

“What’s done is done you can’t think too much about it,” Castellanos said.

Comments (3)
  1. WHAT A DIFFERENCE IF THE ELDER HAD A LOADED WEAPON….TAKEN BY MASS LIBERALS WHO SAY THE HELL WITH THE SCOTUS AND POTUS PARADING IN DC TODAY ONE A FORMER[?] DRUGGIE THE OTHER A FRAUD LIAR FAKE INDIAN,,,,,TIME FOR A CHANGE OR REVOLUTION AS WE TAKE BACK AMERICA!

  2. Karina Duran says:

    Please proof read your article as My Father was not High. If you are going to quote someone i suggest that you verify what they are saying as it is obvious that there is an existing language barrier.

    1. ahschweitzer says:

      I believe the article says the person who attacked your father was high.

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