Sixty one year old "lucky to be alive" after violent intrusion

A 61-year-old palagi resident in Vailima on Eveni Street was the subject of a “cowardly” attack last Friday night that left him bloody and unconscious.

The man, who did not want to be identified, told the Samoa Observer that the attack happened at midnight when two men whose faces were covered swung his door open and knocked him unconscious with a stick to the head.

He was alone in his house late at night watching television when the two unidentified men attacked him inside his home while his wife and young daughter were away in Savai'i.

The single blow to his head left a cut while the intruders rummaged through his belongings while shouting: “Kupe, Kupe!” (Money! Money!)

In his 35 years living in Samoa, the victim said that such a thing had never happened to him before, especially not in that area.

“I was lucky to be alive actually,” he said.

“And I lost a lot of blood, I woke up dizzy and didn’t realize it but I had lost a lot of blood, there was blood everywhere.

“I called the Police and it was the right thing to do, they came straight away.”

The victim of the attack commended the the three Police officers who attended to his case on Saturday morning saying they had him taken to the hospital where he underwent a medical examination.

His head injury x-rays showed that his skull was fortunately not broken but still needed stitches.

He described the men as about 5’5 and "obviously Samoan because they spoke Samoan"

“And they just left me there [to bleed],” he said.

“They went through my wallet and luckily there was not much in it. And they obviously looked at a few things to take around here.”

The 61-year-old suspects that the men did not come from the road in front of their house, but rather from around the back as the neighbours' cameras did not catch anything suspicious.

Neither of the neighbours and his dogs barked either, so he had no idea what was coming, he said.

“I said they most likely would have been seen by the [Chinese] embassy cameras, but they did not,” he said.

“So most likely they came from Hilary Avenue, the road from down the road; they’ve had a few break ins.”

The Vailima resident, now that this incident has happened, says they will not be leaving their doors open at his house anymore.

“It was pretty vicious; lucky they didn’t hit me again or have a knife or something,” he said.

Attempts to get a comment from the Police Commissioner Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil on Sunday were unsuccessful.

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