94-Year-Old Man Brutally Attacked, Home Invaded

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

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.

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  • by jess Location: pueblo on Mar 16, 2010 at 01:55 AM
    Pueblo is full of "hard" people don't you all know this?!?! come on. it really takes a TON of guts to not only rob an old man but to also beat him up. wow... like I said.. pretty gutsy.
  • by Q Location: Peyton on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    An eye for an eye!!!! Punk, I would love 10 minutes with him.
  • by Debi Location: Pueblo on Jan 28, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    i pray they catch this coward. maybe he will resist when being arrested and the ppd just might have to use some force. this is scum of the earth. this person has no right walking the streets. this person has no heart what so ever. and he deserves whats coming to him. my prayers to mr. lindvay and to his son.
  • by Anonymous Location: colorado springs on Jan 27, 2010 at 10:52 PM
    i about cried looking at this..this person needs to be found and braught to justice..
  • by dennis on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:30 PM
  • by Ronnie on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:27 PM
    Poor old guy, just trying to help out someone with a request for sugar and what does it get him? Many seniors that are victims of crimes by today's punks come from a different era. Back when folks were friendly toward one another. Sadly, those days are gone. I tell my parents to never open the door to strangers and to keep an eye out.
  • by Laurie Location: CO on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:24 PM
    I wouldn't stop looking for the scum who did this and he'd wish the police got to him before I did!!!
  • by Dave Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    Hope when they catch this coward he gets more than a slap on the wrist! Hopefully Mr. Lindvay will pull through this.
  • by Fisp Location: CO on Jan 27, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    I hope to god they find this jerk and throw him down a flight of stairs, smother him and then proceed to arrest him.
  • by Lori on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    That's really punk !How would those guys feel if someone did that to their parents ? My prayers are with your Father .
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