CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - A man with a developmental disability was assaulted in a Citrus Heights apartment complex parking lot Friday afternoon.
Police responded to the 7800 block of Sayonora Drive after a witness called police.
Donald Forrest, 31, was in the parking lot of the apartment complex throwing trash into a dumpster when he was attacked by a tenant, the witness said. After the attack, the suspect took off and returned into his apartment. Forrest went to get help, but ended up blacking out, the witness said.
The witness said this was a brutal crime and Forrest was innocent.
"When I turned around, I saw Donald fall to the ground and that guy standing there with a bat," the witness described.
Forrest originally said he was hit with a baseball bat. Then he corrected his story and said the suspect used brass knuckles, according to his step-sister.
Family members said Forrest was taken to the hospital with multiple fractures. Doctors had to sew part of his mouth shut and he is going to need surgery. Forrest was listed in serious condition Saturday night.
"I want justice you know. He shouldn't' have been beat up like that at all," Forrest's step-sister Lisa Astor said. "It's horrible. It's really sad. He's on SSI. He's disabled. It shouldn't have happened."
People in the neighborhood said the suspect is considered to be a bully on the block. Many claim they've been harassed by the suspect before.
Police said they have to re-interview the victim and the motive in the attack is unclear.
No one has arrested yet in this case.