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Man, 63, beaten in head and face with piece of wood by unknown assailant

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A 63-year-old man was attacked and severely beaten with a piece of wood in his yard in a Douglas County neighborhood last month. And deputies on Wednesday said they trying to determine what motivated the attack. They are also trying to find the man who attacked him.

“The victim said he has lived in the area for the last 38 years and has no enemies that he is aware of,” Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Glenn Daniel said.

On Tuesday, deputies released a detailed description of the suspect, hoping someone will be able to help identify him. The incident happened between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 15 in the area of North Quail and MacDuff drives off Yeager Road, deputies said.

Investigators said the 63-year-old man was watering his flowers when a stranger approached him from behind and asked him a question. Deputies declined to reveal what the suspect asked the victim before he began beating him with a wood spindle. But the man told Channel 2 Action News that the suspect asked him, "'Where is Douglasville?'" The suspect then attacked him.

“The suspect asked him a question and then just started beating him,” Daniel said. “When the wood spindle broke he started beating him with his fist.”

The man said the suspect also strangled him, according to the news report.

After the attack, the man walked away from the location. Later someone, possibly a neighbor, called 911 to report the attack, Daniel said. The victim was transported to the hospital for injuries to his head and face, Daniel said. It’s unclear how long the man was in the hospital.

The suspect, who is in his later 30s or early 40s, is described as a clean-shaven, balding white man who was last seen wearing camouflage shorts, deputies said. He is between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds, deputies said.

They are asking if anyone sees the suspect or saw what happened to please contact Investigator J. Williams at (770) 949-5656.