Mount Clemens — Daniel Perron was returning from a party store Tuesday night with a money order to pay his rent and the remaining $600 he had left for the month in his pocket.
Out of nowhere, the 50-year-old — who is legally blind and walks with a cane — said he was ambushed from behind by a group of young people.
Perron said his head was slammed into a wrought-iron fence on North River Road near the Gibraltar Trade Center.
He was knocked to the ground, kicked in the head, beaten and tipped upside down as the crooks worked to retrieve the Social Security disability cash from his pocket. After the beating and robbery, the group fled.
“It’s pretty bad that people would do something like that,” Perron said. “I don’t want vengeance, but I would like to see them prosecuted.”
The beating mirrored a May 2008 attack in the same area that left a man with a brain injury and prompted one local business owner to decry a “mob mentality” in Mount Clemens.
Paul Gallas, owner of Clinton River Cruise Co. and the Captain’s Landing restaurant on North River Road, says crime by teens is getting worse and needs to be stopped.
“They are like a wild pack of dogs roaming around, terrorizing and doing whatever they want. They are just a bad bunch,” Gallas said. “It’s a group of kids out there on a summer afternoon with nothing better to do. They just don’t care.”