The elderly New Haven man who was mugged and beaten Thursday morning is still recovering.
Even with the alleged attacker in the case, Andrew Perry, behind bars, Oleg Yarovinskiy, 62, said he’s concerned about his safety.
“Today, I was a little worried,” said Yarovinskiy.
Yarovinskiy has been living on Fountain St. for three years, and never thought he was in danger, until yesterday morning, when a man approached him in his building’s parking lot, demanding that he give his car keys.
“[He] said, ‘I have a gun. Give me your keys,’” said Yarovinskiy.
Yarovinskiy said when he didn’t oblige right away, Perry beat him.
“He started hitting me in the face…head,” said Yarovinskiy.
Police said Perry didn’t stop until he was able to get the man’s keys, then took off in the victim’s car.
Police quickly spotted the vehicle and chased the suspect. The pursuit continued until Valley St., where the suspect abandoned car. He was then found on a nearby street, hiding under a porch.
Perry has been charged with robbery, car-jacking and larceny. Authorities said Perry’s grandmother lives in the same building as the victim and saw the attack.
Some residents at the complex are disturbed.
“It’s a really scary situation, because he was badly beaten up and I think that was terrible,” said Mildred Hopkins.
Hopkins wants more police presence on Fountain St.
Still recovering from his injuries, Yarovinskiy is relieved he’s ok, because the outcome could have been worse.