Dallas Grandfather Recovering After Brutal Attack Outside Campisi's

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The good news is that Luis Rocha, 70 is recovering from last Sunday's random beating outside the Mockingbird Campisi's. He's well enough to give TV interviews, anyways, and quip of the men who broke a dozen of his ribs and left him in the Baylor ICU, "Maybe they wanted my pizza."

But Rocha, who also suffered a skull fracture, shattered eye socket, a broken shoulder blade, and cracks in his spine, is still in the hospital and faces a lengthy recovery, including three facial reconstructive surgeries, according to WFAA. Meanwhile, the attackers are on the loose, and police have no reliable information about them.

Rocha, a grandfather, Army vet, and small business owner, doesn't remember much from the attack.

"I had my pizza in my hand, and I walked to the Navigator, which is the car that I drive," Rocha told WFAA. "The next thing I remember in clarity was that I was in ICU at Baylor."

They hit him with a pipe, or maybe a crow bar and stomped on his back hard enough to leave boot prints. Twice, a priest visited his hospital bed to give Rocha his last rites.

Oak Farms Dairy has offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Rocha's attackers. Rocha promises they will be caught, "either on the face of this earth or on the next voyage we take."

Friends are raising donations to offset the Rocha family's medical expenses here.

Here's Rocha's interview with WFAA:

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

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kduble
kduble

Good argument for video cams.

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

Poor guy gets jacked over a not that great pizza then gets his picture taken with a blanket that someone puked on. 

rusknative
rusknative

The guy looks like Obama is going to look when he gets through with eight years of doing a lot worse than even George Bush to the economy......

rusknative
rusknative

Clearly this gentleman merely had a severe Acid Reflux attack after gorgind down massive plate of Sphag and Meatballs waiting for his pizzapie......shoulda taken a purple pill first.

rusknative
rusknative

darned Amish thug gangs at the violence again..darn.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

D Mag is reporting that the attack was near Campisi's, not in their lot. 

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Can we get some real reporting like - time it happened, did he just run in and get take out or was he sitting at the bar for a couple of hours, where was his car parked - directly at the front or the side parking lot? Earlier reports said 3 white men, is that still the case? How do they know its 3 people? Geez, no wonder there are no leads

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

So...do the police really have no leads, or do those leads all point to someone who really, REALLY needed to pay off their coke dealer in the apartments across the street?

spyderdemonjuggalo
spyderdemonjuggalo

That old motherfucker knows EXACTLY what he did to get beat the fuck up. Tell the truth motherfucker or youll get beat again. Mark my words. Anyone on here talking shit, Give me your address and see if i dont find you and you dont start looking over YOUR shoulder.


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Young thugs preying on the elderly.  Maybe they only wanted his pizza. 

Or maybe they just wanted to have a little fun by breaking an old man's bones.

an extended version of the Knockout Game.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@kduble 

Privately owned.

Too big of a temptation for government abuse or misuse of public office for personal gain.

mcdallas
mcdallas

@rusknative Take your politics somewhere else.  There is absolutely no connection to this story.  A man is suffering and justice is elusive in the case.  Have a heart.

Ricky_Hollywood
Ricky_Hollywood

@rusknative The government ran a surplus in December.  The first since before the economic crash, so there's that.  But you keep living the dream.

ruddski
ruddski

Eric Nicholson is reporting the attack took place "outside Campisi's", not in their lot.

When you figger out which of these conflicting reports is correct, get back to us.

rusknative
rusknative

@whocareswhatithinkwhat color of white...yellow, tan, light brown, etc?...lots of WHITEs out there...including creepy azzed cracker white hispanics.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@spyderdemonjuggalo So you are some idiot tough-guy-want-a-be making threats?  Is this how people of the street react these days? With words?

rusknative
rusknative

@holmantxIf they mess up the business of the Campisis owners, THEY are going to look a LOT WORSE than this old gentleman, IMHO.

kduble
kduble

That is what I was referring to. But, just for grins, you ought to stop by the Jack Evans police center on Lamar sometime and arrange a tour of the Fusion Room. You'll find that the future is here.

ruddski
ruddski

That horse left the barn years ago. In time, well be just like the UK - average citizen off-cam only in the home, every foot of the trip to market watched via cam.

Combine all that with drone technology, we'll see actual crime prevention, like in Pakistan & Afghanistan.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Ricky_Hollywood @rusknative  

Kid talk.

Sad.

I can't be broke Daddy I still have checks!

Do you have any idea how big the deficit was last year?  Do you care?  Of course you don't.  Instead you smirk.

If everything is hunky dory, why take the extraordinary step to extend temporary unemployment benefits?

Why, we're out of the recession aren't we?

And that was Diane Feinstein's report on Benghazi, BTW.

The NYT has some splainin' to do.  Even Feinstein quipped the Old Grey Hag is in the bag for Clinton.  Four dead and the partisans yammer on about a movie critique gone horribly bad.

Ha!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Surplus, Healthcare, Gay rights, peace, unemployment down to 6.7%, DOW at 16,000.  All of this despite the republican efforts to destroy America.  Meanwhile, GOP losers sink like Margaret Hamilton, with the fading refrain, bengazzzzzzzzzzi, bengazzzzzzzzzzi, ........

rusknative
rusknative

@ruddskiI think the attack took place outside of Baylor hospital when he tried to jack someones delivery Pizza and discovered the miracle of fungo bat mobility in the hands of a pizzd off and hungry nononsense racist tax evader twenty something who found out how much his ACA monthly cost was going to hit him up for.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@TheCredibleHulk@spyderdemonjuggalo Spyderdemonjuggalo - been trolling DO since November 2012 RIP

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

That comment was made by my two male Siamese jokers.  I just sic'ed Big Kitty on them.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@rusknative @holmantx 

Pros on punks.  I bet the pros are scouring the nearby bars to see where they were drinking and if there is surveillance videos, which most bars have.  So will the detectives.  Hard to believe an ATM or shopping center, or red light camera doesn't have these guys on tape - or their license tags.  Hard to believe somebody didn't witness it.

They'll be caught one way or another.

ruddski
ruddski

"Am I being disenfranchised?"

You are being watched, your thoughts collected, the speed of your auto monitored, but you can now get a great deal on health insurance!

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ruddski 

But what about those who can't get a photo ID?  Is it fair that facial recognition software immediately feeds into a Forbin Project integrated NCIC/NSA/IRS/ACA/HUD/GSA/FBI/CIA/DOA database . . . when all I want to do is vote?

Am I being disenfranchised? (ha!)


ruddski
ruddski

I think you're lying, rusk, but it's a good lie, we'll accept it.

ruddski
ruddski

You're whining about verbiage that no longer exists, hon. Stick to yawning and zzzzzzz's, you were doing fine.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@LeroyJenkem @observist 


He appears to be systematically and methodically busted up.  Morons would have inadvertently killed him.  The list of injuries is extensive.  But not lethal.  Unless he got lucky, it was a stern release of liability of a gambling debt.

I remember the cops found a hand in a dumpster some time back.  Detectives found a guy at Parkland missing a hand.  He made up a story but when pressed, the confessed he owed money in Vegas and absconded.  Two guys showed up and asked which hand.  He said the left one.

They gave him a sedative and hacksawed off his left hand, then put a tourniquet on it.

But the amount owed was less than $5k.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

@observistIt doesn't even need to be that. I have money on it being three characters who know they won't be pursued because they go to the school on the other side of Central.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@observist 

A couple of things ...

Mr. Rocha is from El Paso originally and is listed as a businessman in the story.

On Campisi, Sr., I remember how the no parking signs on Mockingbird went up in front of his restaurant the day after he died.


You used to be able to park on M-bird in front of Campisi's even during rush hour.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@observist 

You could be right.  He spins a yarn about houligans.

Then the detectives find some street cam footage showing two suits working him over.

ruddski
ruddski

"They'll be caught one way or another."

What a shame, they should have been shot.

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