Outpouring of support shown for immigrant beaten, robbed

NJ Burkett gives update on Guatemalan immigrant beaten and robbed in Suffolk County last week.
April 21, 2014 2:30:38 PM PDT
Eyewitness News met Andres Hernandez on Friday along the railroad tracks in Riverhead, Long Island, where he was left battered and bleeding by thieves who stole $400. Since then, his story has touched the hearts of so many viewers.

"My head hurts in every part," said Hernandez.

Hernandez was attacked a week ago on Sunday at 12:30 in the afternoon. He was the latest of several young and middle-aged Hispanic men to be attacked and in some cases, robbed in recent months. There have been at least five assaults since January. '

Most of the assaults remain unsolved, mainly because police have only vague descriptions of the thieves.

"We definitely want to fix it," said Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Since Friday's report, Eyewitness News viewers have offered to help Hernandez, who is a mechanic and a day laborer who supports a wife and three children in Guatemala.

"I don't know why they did this to me - it had to happen to me," said Hernandez.


The funds to help Hernandez are being managed by Sister Margaret Smyth and The North Fork Spanish Apostolate (NFSA).

Their address is:

220 Roanoke Avenue

Riverhead, NY 11901

NSFA does outreach to the immigrant community in Eastern Long Island. If you wish your contribution to go, specifically, to Andres Hernandez be sure to specify that along with your check.

You can reach NFSA at 631-369-4601 or 631-369-0337