The search continued on Friday for a man police said hurt a homeowner during a burglary in West Hartford.
Police said they were called to a home on Bloomfield Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The homeowner, 79-year-old Louis Kiefer, reported that he heard a noise on the second floor of the home around 2 p.m. A man had entered the home through an unlocked door and crept upstairs to search for valuables.
"He said 'what are you doing,'" Sheryl Kiefer, who is the victim’s wife, said. "And he said 'I'm from security' and he said 'no, you’re not.'”
When Kiefer went to go check it out, he was confronted by a burglar and physically assaulted, police said.
"He has three to four lacerations on the back of his skull. He has a laceration over his eye. He has a cracked rib and a sub-orbital inside the eye has been cracked," Sheryl Kiefer said. "He says he was pushed and thrown and hit with a brick.”
Louis Kiefer fought with the suspect. At one point, Louis Kiefer tried to take a photo of the man’s blue van, then the intruder ripped the phone from his hand and began to beat him.
The scuffle continued into the courtyard. Louis Keifer said he believes he was pushed into this group of bricks.
"He looks, just looks horrendous," Sheryl Kiefer said.
The suspect was able to get away with a number of stolen items including a bag full of jewelry before officers arrived.
Louis Kiefer spent the night in the hospital with a broken orbital bone, according to a family member.
The suspect was described as a white man between 30 and 40 years old who stood 5'6" to 5'8" tall with a stocky build.
The getaway vehicle was a van, possibly a newer model, that was clean and well-maintained. It was bluish with yellow and black New York license plates.
Police told Eyewitness News they are following leads and that the man left some blood at the scene.
Police are asking anyone with information to give them a call at 860-523-5203.
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