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Reward offered for information about man beaten in Newark

8-7-2012 New Jersey:

3 suspects called victim a child molester during attack

NEWARK -- A reward was offered for information about a Newark man hospitalized for months after he was beaten May 14 on a path between Sherwood Downs South and Ditmore Stroll.

The 59-year-old man was walking from a North 21st Street store to his Churchill Downs Road home when he was approached by three men who stole money from his wallet and threw him to the ground, Newark police Sgt. Scott Snow said.

During the attack, the three men taunted him, calling him a child molester, Snow said. The 59-year-old man told police he did not know how the men found out he is a convicted sex offender, but a notice was sent to his neighbors when he moved to the area, Snow said.

He was convicted of felonious sexual penetration from a 1991 case, according to court records.

The suspects laughed at him and threatened to harm him further if he called police, Snow said.

He initially called his mother, who had not heard from her son since May 13 -- Mother's Day -- and had not seen him since May 11, Snow said. On May 16, a squad was sent to his home.

The man had bruises on his pelvis, head, neck, throat and other body parts. He was using an oxygen mask and had trouble speaking, Snow said.

He was flown to Columbus by emergency medical helicopter and later transferred to the Regency Hospital, which handles "catastrophic injuries or illnesses" that require longer stays, according to its website.

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information about the crime. The three suspects were described as white men in their early 20s and taller than 5-foot-9. They wore hooded sweatshirts and two had sideburns and goatees, Snow said.

Anyone with information about crime should call Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888 or 1-888-488-9058. A coding system protects the identity of the caller but allows for the reward to be issued later. ..Source.. by Jessie Balmert Advocate Reporter

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