Asking a neighbor for a cup of sugar is about as cliché as it gets, but that's exactly what a southern Colorado man was asked for right before he was brutally attacked.
Michael Lindvay, 94, answered his back door just before 6:00 p.m. Saturday. The person wearing all black asked for a cup of sugar and when he turned to go get it, they grabbed and threw him down a flight of stairs. Apparently, throwing the elderly man who already walks with a cane down the stairs wasn't good enough for the attacker. They then tried to smother him with a plastic bag.
Leaving him for dead at the foot of the stairs, the attacker went and burglarized the man's house. The attacker left after the home got a telephone call.
The call came from a company checking on the man's welfare. During the attack, Lindvay was able to activate his medical alert bracelet. A signal indicating he was hurt and needed help was sent to the company, who then calls to make sure it's not a false alarm. When no one answered, first responders were dispatched to his home.
Lindvay was literally taken across the street to St. Mary Corwin Hospital on Pueblo's south side. He spent a few days in the the ICU before being transferred to a regular inpatient room.
Meanwhile, his son Mick was on a skiing trip and did not return home until Sunday evening. That's when he found out about what happened to his dad. "I can't believe this, I feel like I've been punched in the gut. I can't believe that somebody is capable of doing something like this," says Mick Lindvay.
Michael Lindvay suffered five broken ribs, a broken nose, and severe bruises all over his body. Doctors were amazed he didn't have any other serious injuries. Mick says, he's not surprised because his dad was a tough man. Michael worked for the steel company as a younger man, and had lived in the same home for more than 60 years.
His son Mick had moved to Fort Wayne, IN for a good job. He has since made a home there, but being retired he plans to stay in Pueblo to help his dad as long as he needs it.
In order to deal with the pain, Michael is heavily sedated. His words are incoherent, and often he doesn't know what is going on around him or where he is. Since the attack was just for a handful of cash makes it even more deplorable. "It's just horrifying that somebody would be doing this to a man that has been trying to do so much good in his neighborhood," says Mick.
According to his son, Lindvay would greet everyone he met on the street with a smile, and he would do everything he could to help a neighbor. Now his family is asking those neighbors, and everyone else in Pueblo, to come forward if they have any information about who attacked their father.
Police have released few details in the case, but what they have verified is that the person who attacked Lindvay was wearing all black; the attack occurred just before 6:00 p.m. Saturday; and it happened near the intersection of Lakeview and Stone Avenue near St. Mary Corwin Hospital.
If you have any information about the attack, call Crime Stoppers at 542-STOP in Pueblo. Your anonymous tip could earn you a cash reward.