Crime

Dallas Grandfather Recovering After Brutal Attack Outside Campisi's

The good news is that Luis Rocha, 70 is recovering from last Sunday's random beating outside the Mockingbird Campisi's. He's well enough to give TV interviews, anyways, and quip of the men who broke a dozen of his ribs and left him in the Baylor ICU, "Maybe they wanted my pizza."

But Rocha, who also suffered a skull fracture, shattered eye socket, a broken shoulder blade, and cracks in his spine, is still in the hospital and faces a lengthy recovery, including three facial reconstructive surgeries, according to WFAA. Meanwhile, the attackers are on the loose, and police have no reliable information about them.

Rocha, a grandfather, Army vet, and small business owner, doesn't remember much from the attack.

"I had my pizza in my hand, and I walked to the Navigator, which is the car that I drive," Rocha told WFAA. "The next thing I remember in clarity was that I was in ICU at Baylor."

They hit him with a pipe, or maybe a crow bar and stomped on his back hard enough to leave boot prints. Twice, a priest visited his hospital bed to give Rocha his last rites.

Oak Farms Dairy has offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Rocha's attackers. Rocha promises they will be caught, "either on the face of this earth or on the next voyage we take."

Friends are raising donations to offset the Rocha family's medical expenses here.

Here's Rocha's interview with WFAA:

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