Residents in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park neighborhood called police overnight to report the shrill sound of screams and banging on walls coming from a home.
Police responded to the row home along the 700 block of W Butler Street around 12:30 a.m. Friday to find a 77-year-old man suffering from severe head trauma.
Emergency responders rushed the elderly victim to Temple University Hospital with bad cuts to his face, mouth and eyes.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small described the violent scene.
“It’s a very, very violent crime scene. There is a lot of blood on the second floor, on the stairway leading to the first floor, on the furniture… there’s broken glass to the front door.”
The victim remained in very critical condition Friday morning.
The victim told investigators he was beaten by a wine bottle, according to police.
The homeowner had trouble communicating because his mouth was so badly hurt but he did manage to identify his alleged attacker.
“He was able to tell us the name of the individual,” said Small.
The man who allegedly beat up the homeowner was recently released from prison, according to investigators. He was in the home because his girlfriend rents a room from the victim.
Investigators said they don't know what provoked the violent attack.
Police didn’t immediately identify the suspect, who fled the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.