Senior in ICU after brutal beating outside Dallas restaurant

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 11:00 AM

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DALLAS –– A 70-year-old man remains in intensive care three days after three men attacked him outside Campisis restaurant.

Luis Rocha, of Dallas, is recovering at Baylor University Medical Center after the brutal beating Sunday night in the 5600 block of Mockingbird Lane.  

We saw him and he is very damaged; lot of injuries and severe wounds,” said Marissa Rocha, the man’s daughter. “He has a fractured skull, face, arm, miniature fractures on his spine, 10 broken ribs, broken jaw."

Rocha said her father was at the restaurant to get food for his wife, who was sick. He was on his way to his car when he said he was attacked by three men.

"He was found face down, still holding the food,” she said.

Those close to Luis Rocha describe him as a beloved father and friend. 

Ivan Pugh, owner of the Alligator Cafe in Deep Ellum, grew up with his son. He was shocked anyone would attack him.

"I walked right by his room and didn't recognize him because he was in such bad shape,” Pugh said. “As I walked by the room, I said, ‘I hope that's not Mr. Rocha’ ... and it was."

Rocha is a veteran who served in Korea during the Vietnam War. His friends and family said it is difficult seeing him like battered and bruised. But they say Rocha can talk a little and maintains his sense of humor.

"He's under a lot of sedation, but he got me close and whispered in my ear: 'I put up a good fight,'” Pugh said. “He 's got a good sense of humor."

Dallas police say investigators have no leads in the case and are searching the area around Campisis for surveillance video. The police report classifies the attack as an aggravated robbery, although the suspects did not take any property.

The report only lists the injuries as “lacerations” to the right side of Rocha’s face.

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