Exclusive: Man speaks out about bus stop beating in Brooklyn

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A man was beaten and stabbed after questioning the driving of a car that had blocked a bus stop in Brooklyn.

The 69-year-old victim was waiting for a bus near St. Johns Place and Schenectady Avenue, when he was blindsided by a man with a weapon.

He was beaten and stabbed, but this great-grandfather fought back and he talked exclusively with Eyewitness News.

"Scared now to walk the streets, real scared," said Ronald Rennie, victim.

After spending the night in the hospital, Rennie recalled the details of the horrifying attack.

"It was so sudden that I wasn't expecting," Rennie said.

The chilling bus stop beat down left him with a severed tendon, broken bones and bruises.

"There's a hole in here and the bones inside is broken," Rennie said.

Rennie says he had just left a friend's home in Crown Heights Tuesday evening, when he observed a white SUV blocking the bus lane near St. Johns and Schenectady Avenue.

He questioned out loud where the bus would pull over, and then moments later the husband of the SUV driver unleashed a fury of blows using some kind of weapon.

"I stood on the sidewalk and said, 'Oh no, where is this bus going to pick me up?' And as I said, that the guy came from across the street from the store and he just hit me on my forehead," Rennie said.

After the initial shock, Rennie turned the tables. A former cop in Grenada, he fought back and chased the suspect around the SUV before walking back to his friend's house for help.

"One of my friends bandaged it up, because I was bleeding so heavy, the whole steps, everything was blood," Rennie said.

He spent the night talking to police at King County Hospital while doctors stitched and set his hand.

Now as police continue to hunt for the suspect responsible, Rennie vows he won't get caught off guard again.

"Got to be careful on the streets when you're walking these days, people are getting real funny. Just keep an open eye, especially older folks," Rennie said.

Police are now reviewing surveillance cameras in the area and are still searching for that white SUV.

Meanwhile, Rennie is scheduled to see a hand surgeon on Monday.
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