San Jose police search for suspect who attacked man in quiet neighborhood

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - A 64-year-old man, walking with his bike, was beat up and robbed by a stranger in a "family friendly" San Jose neighborhood on Monday night. Now, police need help finding his attacker.

"My friend is not doing well," said the victim's friend who asked not to be identified. "He lost one tooth. He was bleeding all over."

The man told KTVU he feels awful for his friend who was coming to visit.

San Jose Police said around 11 p.m. a 64-year-old man was walking with his bike behind Quimby Oak Middle School when he was approached by a group of young men and jumped.

"He doesn't even know what happened," said the victim's friend. "Someone just attacked him for no reason."

"The victim fell backwards," said Officer Albert Morales of San Jose Police. "He was continuously physically assaulted by the suspect. The suspect stopped, took the victim's bicycle and then fled the area."

While police found the bike in the bushes near the school Tuesday morning, police have yet to find his attacker who left the victim with significant "visible" injuries.

"There's no rhyme or reason," said Officer Morales. "They don't know each other."

It's the second reported robbery in the Evergreen neighborhood in the last three days. Ten robberies were recently reported in the Evergreen/East San Jose area.

Earlier this month, a brazen home invasion robbery was caught on camera in Evergreen. The teenage suspects were arrested.

According to San Jose Police, city-wide there's a slight increase in robberies averaging 100 a month.

With 900 officers patrolling a city that's topped one million residents, San Jose Police said they're shuffling officers where they can. Often, catching one robbery suspect can end a string of robberies.