GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Theodore Smith and his wife Johnnie, still, can't get the images of their 75-year-old uncle out of their minds. Their uncle was beaten and robbed earlier this month at his Georgetown home. The only relief the couple feels is his accused attacker was arrested by Georgetown police Wednesday.
"His face man was like this," said Smith, making his hands twice the size of his face. "He looked like the elephant man."
His wife Johnnie said their uncle's "eyes are swollen. He can't open his eyes."
And his family's description of his condition isn't close to the injuries he suffered according to police. Authorities say the victim had fractures to his neck vertebrae, a broken collar bone, and bleeding on his brain when he was admitted to MUSC May 4.
"I never thought this would ever happen to him," said Smith, his nephew.
Investigators arrested a 51-year-old Andrew Brown in connection to the crime.
According to investigators, Brown was arrested in Myrtle Beach Tuesday night and transported to Georgetown County. Police say Brown confessed to the Georgetown assault and said he punched the 75-year-old victim repeatedly with a closed fist.
Authorities charged Brown with strong armed robbery and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Brown's bond was set at $60,000.
Brown is also wanted by Andrews police for multiple counts of second-degree burglary.
"It was totally uncalled for," said Georgetown Police Captain Nelson Brown. "He's going to have to pay the price for what he did."
Georgetown investigators were looking for Brown, who authorities say was seen at a home on Gilbert Street just before the assault.
Officers responded to the scene just after 9 p.m. to find the victim laying in his blood on his living room floor.
His family says they're hopeful the 75-year-old will make a full recovery.
His niece said his 10 years split between two branches of the armed forces, the Army and the Air Force, taught him how to fight back in the face of adversity.
"This is going to be a job for him to make it all the way back," said Smith. "But he'll come back. He'll make a recovery and come all the way back."
The victim, who police say is a war veteran, was taken to MUSC for treatment of his injuries and is expected to be released on Friday.