Lake Ellis (photo courtesy WFXL FOX 31-TV)
ALBANY, Ga. — An elderly man was hospitalized for injuries in the early hours of Monday, according to officials with the Dougherty County Police Department. An investigation is ongoing as to whether the man was robbed and beaten.
Lake Ellis, 92, of Lot one, 711 Cordele Road, was taken from the scene by the Dougherty County EMS to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries to his face and neck, said Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick with the Dougherty County Police Department.
According to DCPD, around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, officers responded to a report of a “suspicious” person in the roadway on the 3000 block of Clark Avenue. Ellis told police he had received his injuries by “falling down,” Kirkpatick said. According to officials, Ellis’s daughter, Louise Weathersby, told police later that nothing had been stolen from Ellis.
“Doctors say that Ellis has five broken ribs and some broken fingers,” Kirkpatrick said. “His injuries are consistent with having been beaten.”
According to Kirkpatrick, it is not known if Ellis may have walked through a nearby wooded area and injured himself by falling or bumping into tree branches.”
Officials said Ellis is reported to be out of the hospital but remains in a rehabilitation unit near there. According to Kirkpatrick, Louise Ellis said her father suffers from dementia and has demonstrated similar behavior in the past.
Ellis’ relatives posted on Facebook this week that they believe he was attacked by “gang members,” beaten and left in the ditch where he was later found by police.