71-Year-Old Man Beaten Outside His Aptos Home

By George Kiriyama and Kristofer Noceda
|  Monday, Mar 3, 2014  |  Updated 11:28 PM PDT
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A 71-year-old Aptos man is in intensive care after he was beaten outside his home. George Kiriyama reports.

A 71-year-old Aptos man is in intensive care after he was beaten outside his home. George Kiriyama reports.

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A 71-year-old Aptos man is in intensive care after family said he was beaten outside his home.

A house party was held Saturday night across the street from Michael Mora's home. Dozens of cars blocked the narrow road, including Mora's driveway.

"He was seeing that nothing was happening," said Mora's wife, Shauna. "Cars weren't moving. So he had a big flashlight that he was using as a strobe and said 'you need to leave, you need to get out of here now.'"

What happened next is what Shauna describes as "sickening."

One of the young men from the party came from behind and struck Michael in the head, Shauna said. The attacker then threw Michael down an embankment, where the beating continued.

"He almost murdered my husband," Shauna said.

Michael suffered broken bones, a bloody face and a brain injury. He was rushed to the hospital and is currently at Dominican Hospital's ICU in Santa Cruz.

A blood vessel had popped in his brain from the punches to his head. Neurosurgeons drained his brain to ease the swelling.

"Some kids decided to just come at him from behind and beat him," Shauna said. "You know that's just shameful. Shame on you. Really."

Last year, a Pleasanton man was brutally beaten outside his home after he confronted "several subjects, possibly teenagers" and told them that they were making too much noise.

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