Two men have been arrested over a sickening crime spree that left an 84-year-old pensioner fighting for life.
Emilio Lombardi was beaten to a pulp by two young men outside his home in Cannington home, in Perth’s southern suburbs on August 16.
The offenders also bashed his neighbour at a nearby intersection where they tried to spray paint into his eyes.
‘WA Police Force prioritised resources to investigate this incident, and there has been an overwhelming response from the community in respect to sharing the appeal for information and posting messages of support online for the victim,’ WA Police said in a statement.
‘A 28-year-old man was arrested in Kelmscott, and a search warrant was executed at his residence in Seville Grove.
‘A 24-year-old man was arrested in Yanchep, and a search warrant was executed at his residence in Armadale.’
The neighbour described the attack as ‘terrifying’.
‘They came out of nowhere. I was kicked and punched,’ he told Nine News.
‘One of them tried to spray paint into my eye.’
CCTV footage from a nearby property shows two shadowy figures walking through a backyard on Sunday evening.
A police forensic team conducted testing at a property about two kilometres away in an attempt to find DNA evidence which could help find those involved.
There were at least five other reports of damage and disturbance on the night of the man’s assault.
They were reported on Derisleigh Street, Henry Street, Burge Way, Railway Parade and Central Terrace between 6pm and 8pm.
The vicious assault garnered so much attention Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan flagged the issue in parliament.
‘Attacking an 84-year-old man is a shocking and appalling thing for anyone to do, and the police are looking to deal with that matter as quickly as they possibly can,’ Mr McGowan said.
Disturbing pictures taken after the attack show the elderly man with a broken nose, black eye, numerous deep cuts and blood spattered all over his shirt, pants and hands.
Mr Lombardi’s neighbour described the gruesome scenes he was faced with after hearing the commotion outside.
‘I went to see what’s going on and there was all blood along the front of the patio,’ one neighbour told 7News.
‘I looked inside and there’s blood and guts inside the house.
‘He’s just a hell of a nice guy, grows veggies out the back, brings them over to us, just one hell of a guy.’
Acting Detective Sergeant Alexandra Hill said a weapon was used in the ‘cowardly, disgusting and appalling act’.
‘This is an 84-year-old man who’s lived in this suburb for 40 years … and been brutally assaulted in his front yard,’ she told a press conference.
‘They are horrific, horrific injuries that this man has sustained to his face. People should be able to feel safe in their own homes.’
Det-Sgt Hill said Mr Lombardi’s family were ‘shaken up’ by the brutal assault.
‘They are devastated … It’s been a very long week for them,’ she said.
Mr Lombardi was found by police before being taken to Royal Perth Hospital by ambulance ahead of surgery in intensive care.
Det Sgt Hill said there appeared to be no motive behind the brutal bashing.
The victim’s ute, which was left with a smashed window and bloodstains, is being used in the police investigation.
The two men who have been arrested are yet to be charged but remain in police custody.