Palm Beach Gardens police investigating beating so violent, it's unprecedented

Person of interest sought in violent robbery outside Stein Mart in Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Gardens Police)

It may be the most violent robbery of the year in Palm Beach Gardens.

An elderly man beaten so severely he is unable to speak to police.

It happened in the parking lot of Stein Mart on U.S. 1, just north of PGA Boulevard.

“It’s sad to hear something like that, it’s very sad,” Eduardo Schiavon said.

Schiavon is a commercial truck salesman and lives with his wife Mariana in North Palm Beach.

Police have released a video of a person of interest they’re trying to find.

“It is a very kind of safe area actually, Palm Beach Gardens and North Palm Beach, so when I hear something like that it kinda shocks me,” Schiavon said.

Palm Beach Gardens police have released still photos of the person of interest: a white man wearing a baseball cap and flip-flops with a large tattoo on the outside of his left calf. The victim, a 77-year-old man, was brutally beaten about 8 pm. last Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Police say a violent beating like this one is unprecedented in Palm Beach Gardens.

“I’m really surprised, really surprised because you don’t hear about that, like really, it’s not common that that happens here,” said Mariana Gallego, Schiavon’s wife.

Police hope someone recognizes the man in this photo.

Karen and Mike Menendez, part time Singer Island residents from St. Louis, say they come to this plaza a lot.

“It’s very, very sad. I consider this a very safe part of town,” Mike Menendez said.

Palm Beach Gardens police say they've stepped up patrols in this shopping plaza, hoping to find that person of interest.

Police say the victim is hospitalized now—a week after the beating —in very serious condition. The man is unable to speak. He was found slumped on the ground by some Good Samaritans, who called 911.

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