CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) -- Peaceful and lining a golf course, neighbors consider the Valleybrook subdivision a perfect place to live.
"That's one of the reasons we picked it when we came here because it was so quiet," says resident Greg Casey.
However, the mood is different now.
Someone beat one of his neighbors in broad daylight just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, about an hour after a golf tournament ended.
He was carrying nothing but a heart monitor. Leads are tough to come by. "I wish somebody had seen it. That's what surprises me, that nobody saw it," Casey says.
For safety reasons, the family of the victim does not want to release his name but his wife tells Channel 3 the group of four or five young men emerged from the nearby woods.
"My daughter walked those cart paths literally every evening. This happened in broad daylight, in a nice residential community," says neighbor Russell Webster.
Webster is so upset about the incident he's offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can turn the attackers in.
"These thugs beat him nearly to death with a baseball bat because he didn't have a wallet on him," says Webster. "Hopefully whoever sees this and is aware of the reward will take advantage of it."
Meanwhile Valleybrook residents can only wait for justice. "It just makes you wonder about carrying guns and protecting yourself," Casey says.
After spending time hospitalized at Erlanger the victim was taken to Vanderbilt where doctors checked his LVAD heart device. He returned home Wednesday and is recovering in bed. However, his wife says the attack has taken a mental toll on him.
Chattanooga police say they've received a lot of calls and are following every lead they get. The suspects are described as white males with an average build and shaggy hair.
If you have information that could help, contact Chattanooga police at 423-698-2525.
Monday, June 17 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-17 18:24:00 GMT
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