STUDIO CITY, CA. – The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating after a man was brutally beaten in his own driveway in Studio City.
The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on February 9 on Picturesque Drive.
The victim, Rocco, 55, spoke to FOX 11 in an exclusive interview about the attack that left him critically injured.
“I pray for other people to be safer. I would never wish this on anyone. I don’t care how serious they are, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” Rocco said.
Rocco doesn’t remember much from that evening but detailed what he does remember.
“I came home. I cooked dinner for my wife and I and went home and realized that I forgot my glasses in the car, so after I finished eating I got out in my car and that’s it. That’s it. I remember,” he said.
Authorities believe Rocco was attacked from behind with a weapon.
“I didn’t even see it coming. They just started hitting me from behind with a weapon. It was a blunt object, it could have been a homemade baseball bat. We don’t know. A blow to the “back of my head did a lot of damage. It ripped my jaw out. I have bleeding in my brain,” he said.
Rocco also bit his tongue after being hit, nearly cutting it off.
“I think when they first hit me on the back of the head with the blunt object, I think that’s when I almost bit my tongue,” did he declare.
Rocco somehow returned to the house after the attack, and his wife tracked him down shortly after he arrived home.
“I took my things out of the trunk while talking to my niece and saw a little blood on the door. I was saying to my niece, ‘Let me call you back. There’s a little blood on the door. .’ So I hung up and opened the door and the whole wall was covered in blood, no husband so I screamed his name,” his wife told FOX 11.
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His wife said she also couldn’t locate their dog at the time and was in a state of confusion trying to figure out what was going on.
“I walked down the hall still screaming and he came around the corner back to me and I didn’t even recognize him. He didn’t even look human. He had a knot the size of of a baseball in front of his forehead. He was bleeding from his head, from his mouth, from everything. When I found him, his tongue was hanging out of his mouth, barely hanging. I thought someone was here trying to kill him,” she said.
His wife called 911 and also asked neighbors for help. First responders transported Rocco to hospital where he was treated for serious injuries.
The incident continues to haunt the family.
“Every night I have to go to sleep, I have anxiety and I hope to get rid of it. I didn’t know if I was going to get out of it or not for several days, not just one day but several. I’m just starting to talk to people again. I’ve been lying down,” Rocco said.
Rocco said he was grateful to have survived the attack and thinks staying fit helped him.
“I’m really blessed right now, I feel with my recovery,” Rocco said.
“He is [Rocco] has a strong will, and he’s a black belt in martial arts and he’s been punched in the head a number of times and I know not many people can go through that, what he just went through,” his wife said.
Rocco hasn’t seen the suspect, so he wasn’t able to give the LAPD a description of the suspect, but some neighbors are reporting suspicious activity.
“I’ve heard different people say, ‘I saw this guy walking down the street with a bat’ and ‘I saw this guy walking down the street with a golf club’ in the last few days and I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ The public needs to know that there is someone out there doing this who needs to be caught and they need to watch their surroundings, even if it’s daytime,” Rocco’s wife said.
Rocco’s wife’s son helps the couple feel protected during this time, as the suspect is still at large.
“I don’t know if I’ve even allowed myself to completely collapse because I don’t feel like it’s safe enough yet. My stomach is still in knots,” Rocco’s wife said.
The neighbors have surveillance videos and have given them to the authorities. LAPD officials said they were investigating the attack as a case of felony battery. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department.
The family created a GoFundMe page for help with medical bills.