Arrest made in beating of man, 81, in Queens

April 14, 2010 3:58:06 AM PDT
Quick work by police in making an arrest for the beating of an elderly man returning home after a night of playing bingo. He was beaten so badly he doesn't even know what century he's living in.

"I don't remember thing," Mayer Behmoiras said.

Perhaps in a very sad way it is better that Behmoiras, 81, has no memory of the savage attack that almost claimed his life.

"I don't think you have to hit someone on head to get his car. It's not proper way to get a car," he said.

Last Monday night this once spry and independent and witty grandfather was returning to his Queens apartment when, according to police, 23-year-old Jesus Fernandez followed him into the elevator.

Police say Fernandez mercilessly began beating him on the head just to steal his old Hyundai.

Behmoires eventually collapsed in a pool of blood.

He had $500 in his coat pocket after hitting the bingo jackpot that night, but the suspect did not find the money. Instead, he took something even more valuable.

Behmoiras once tested one point shy of Mensa, genius level. Until last week, he was still as sharp as can be. Now, he is in a rehab hospital learning how to walk again and dress himself.

Late Tuesday night, Fernandez of Astoria, was arrested. Investigators said somebody recognized him in the surveillance photos and called Crime Stoppers.

He faces charges of assault and robbery.