Eden’s Allan King was walking quietly along an isolated part of the Lake Curalo boardwalk after work on Monday afternoon when he was hit from behind, robbed and left lying on the ground.
His attacker fled, leaving the vulnerable 53-year-old man to pick himself up and walk, dazed and scared, to find help.
Mr King said the attacker used a lump of wood, possibly a tree branch, in the daylight assault.
He described his attacker as young, unshaven, about 5 foot 10 and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
He was barefoot, and clothed in grey shorts and a hooded jumper.
“I didn’t hear him coming,” he said.
“It was just one blow.
“I tried to fight him off but it was hard when I was on the ground.”
It was a silent attack, the young man saying nothing as he tore Mr King’s wallet from his trousers and ran east towards the soccer grounds.
As Mr King made his way, bleeding, to the nearby Cass’s Corner Store for help he passed another man walking in the opposite direction, the same way his attacker had run.
“I told him I’d just been robbed and told him to watch out because he was heading the same way as the other bloke, but he walked off,” he said.
A few minutes later Mr King arrived at the store and owner Shar Cassie rang 000 for an ambulance and the police.
He was treated by paramedics for cuts and abrasions, and has suffered bruising to his neck, shoulders and legs.
But the assault has left Mr King, a keen walker and a familiar sight around town, with deeper wounds.
“I’ll probably be a bit afraid over the next couple of weeks.”
When asked what he would say to his attacker should he meet him again he said: “I’d tell him it was a pretty low act.”
Eden Police sergeant Scott Blanch this type of attack is extremely rare for the township.
“I say to the offender that you are nothing but a coward,” he said.
“I hope you feel big and tough hiding behind your door, because police will shortly be knocking on it to take you into custody.”
To the community, Sgt Blanch asked that it watch over vulnerable people like Mr King.
“He is well known to the Eden community and I ask people to look out for him,” he said.
“I urge all members of the community to come forward with any information they have about this cowardly attack.”
Police can be called on 6496 1444 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.