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Man assaulted and left to die on Phoenix sidewalk

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A man in his sixties walking home from a convenience store was attacked by a man less than half his age, was assaulted and left bleeding on a Phoenix sidewalk.

It happened on Wednesday, in East Phoenix on 16th Street south of Thomas.

The victim remains in the hospital, in critical condition. Investigators believe it started with a puzzling confrontation in a store that turned into a brutal assault minutes later on the street.

The question remains, why would a young man attack an older man with such viciousness.

Phoenix Police say a 66 year-old man came a convenience store to buy some beer. He offered a beer to the guy standing behind him and for some reason they exchanged words before he left the store.

The man walked about a block north of the store when that younger man and a man in a white car pulled up behind him. The younger man got out, walked up to the old man, and hit him on the head.

The victim fell onto the street, the beer cans he was carrying scattered on the sidewalk.

The casual cruelty on display here is what sticks with Dale Jones. Jones says he is a friend of the victim.

"This is chicken garbage is what I mean, that is my opinion," said Jones.

Jones is sickened but not quite shocked at news of the attack. "Why do people throw trash on people walking down the sidewalk? Because they can get away with it. Why do people throw a wrench at you while you are at the bus stop waiting for the bus? That's happened," he said.

Police are looking for a suspect who is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, 5'7", weighing 150 to 170 pounds.

He was last seen with another man driving a white or light-colored GMC Yukon or Chevrolet Tahoe.

If you have any information call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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