A brutal mugging of a refugee rebuilding his life in Abilene sent one man to the hospital Thursday about noon.
The crime happened at the Fairmont Apartments in Abilene, and emergency crews found the man passed out on the ground.
The Ghaley family is a refugee family from Nepal, and they all live in the apartment complex. Their grandfather, Lal Ghaley, was walking out of his apartment. Shortly after, he was knocked out and robbed of all his money.
The family has lived at this apartment complex for three years. Tila Ghaley was shocked at the brutal assault.
"I'm sad because he's my grandfather, and he has a heart problem," Tila Ghaley said. "I don't know what's going to happen next."
Clayton Libely, a witness, described the scene when the man was mugged.
"He just jumped on him and pushed him down, hit him again and just grabbed his wallet and ran," Libely said. "At first, I thought you know it might be kids playing and then the guy didn't get up. The guy just ran off."
"I didn't see the guy's face, no, but it was a black guy."
The Abilene Police Department does not have a suspect in custody but described the attacker as a tall heavy set male.
The suspect could be between 18 to 20 years old.
Lal Ghalley, the victim has been released from the hospital.