North Fort Myers laundry attack victim speaks out
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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Deputies are asking for your help to catch a crook who attacked a 75-year-old man at a North Fort Myers laundry.
"I was thinking I'm dead," said Alex Dimitrelos, of North Fort Myers.
The 75-year-old feared for his life at the Coin Laundry a few blocks from his home. Surveillance video from that morning of September 9 shows what happened.
"He pushed me down on the ground and then he started kicking me," said Dimitrelos.
He says it all began when he started putting his laundry in a dryer. He says the six-foot tall bully told him to scram, because he wanted the dryer for himself , even though there were plenty of other empty ones available. They got into an argument. The video shows the bigger man hitting Alex. Alex gets up and tries to reach for his cell to call 9-1-1. That's when the attacker wallops him again.
"[He] grabs my cell phone smashes it on the wall and then starts kicking me like i was a soccer ball," described Dimitrelos.
All of it happening in front of Alex's wife, who could only watch helplessly. The cruel crime has deputies on alert. They want to arrested the crook before he strikes again.
"He's going to go to that length or something that minor imagine if someone crosses his path on something serious,," said Trish Routte, with Crime Stoppers. "What's he going to do then."
More than two weeks after the attack, Dimitrelos is still recovering from his injuries. He hopes the thug will soon be behind bars.
"I hope you catch him and he pays for what he did," said Dimitrelos.
The suspect is described as a white mail about six feet tall and 220 pounds. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800 780 TIPS.