Father beaten while family watches during alleged robbery in South City

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 23 at 8:46 AM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A family returning home at night in the Bevo Mill neighborhood was blindsided by criminals. The father was beaten and robbed while his wife and children watched helplessly.

The children of Salvador Esparza Sr. saw their father beaten and shot in front of their home on Wednesday.

“We turned around and saw two guys coming. But we never realized what’s going to happen,” said Salvador Esparza Sr.

“I ran outside and pretty much saw my dad on the ground, and they were kicking him. They were holding a gun, aiming everywhere shooting,” said one of the children.

Sal Esparza III confirms that he saw two guys with a gun, aiming in multiple directions. Esparza Sr. has at least seven pellet wounds, some of which are embedded in his skin.

The thieves ran away with his business checkbooks, wedding ring, and cash. While they did not take his pride, he is still in disbelief that this could happen on a quiet street with mostly families around.

The suspects have not been caught.

 

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