UPDATE 8/7: A teenager has been charged in the attack on an elderly man in his Chesapeake home in July. The 16-year-old is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, robbery and conspiracy. According to police, there may be a second suspect involved in the planning of the robbery.
The victim continues to recover from his injuries.
CHESAPEAKE -- Police responded to the 500 block of Longdale Crst. to an assault where they discovered an adult male in his garage suffering from injuries to the head.
An unknown suspect allegedly assaulted the victim with an unknown object, retrieved unknown items and fled the area on a bicycle.
The 80-year-old victim in the robbery, identified by his son as Phil Rowland, Sr., was in critical condition as a result of injuries he suffered to the head during the attack, as well as complications after the attack.
The victim told police that during the struggle, he grabbed a hammer and hit the suspect in the head and bit his thumb.
"He's the greatest guy you could ever have for a father," said his son, Phil, Jr. "I mean, he's put 10 kids through college, took care of a bunch of kids that weren't even his. People who come here and need some money all they have to do is ask him. If that guy had just asked him for a hundred bucks, he would've gave it to him. That's the kind of guy my father is," he said.
Phil, Jr. said his father suffered a mild heart attack Thursday afternoon, leading to his condition being downgraded from serious to critical.
13News Now also talked with Del. Lionel Spruill, Sr. - a neighbor of Rowland - who said he was shocked by the incident.
"They watch my house when we're in session," he said. "He has keys to my house. They're real nice, respectful neighbors - real quiet."
"It's shocking to me. I'm hoping they find the person, and bring justice to that person," Spruill said.
He went on to say: "It's just shocking to me that someone would do that to anybody regardless of what age..to an 80-year old man who is real nice person and he would cut any neighbors.
The suspect is described as a black male, 18-25 years old, 5'7, 170 pounds, wearing a camouflage shirt, pants, and hat, along with white with black and purple Nike Lebron 9 shoes.
The suspect fled the area on a bike with money.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chesapeake Police.