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92-year-old found injured in a ditch

Lake Ellis (photo courtesy WFXL FOX 31-TV)

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.

Comments

VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

If that is true, just think....it takes a bunch of brave punks to gang up and beat up a defenseless 92 year old man. Another example of Albany's fine upstanding citizens.

With that being said, I am waiting for the investigation for it to turn out his relatives beat and robbed him and they are blaming it on gang members. They seem anxious on putting it on facebook to blame it on gang members. Nothing would surprise me these days. It happens!

I guess we'll have to see how it plays out.

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Wryone 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm sorry to read this. I used to work with Lake Ellis at Alcon Associates years ago. He was the Mechanic for the company. I did not know he was still with us and hope he recovers. He was a good man.

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MRKIA 1 year, 1 month ago

LOW DOWN PUNKA** COWARDS WHOEVER LAID ONE HARMFUL FINGER TO THIS GENTLEMAN. I PRAY THAT YOU GET YOURS TIMES TEN.

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