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4:48 PM, Sep 24, 2012   |    comments
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A gash above Faustino Uribe's left eye goes to the bone

STOCKTON, CA - The family of a partially paralyzed man who was savagely beaten with his own cane is demanding action to take back Victory Park from criminals.

Faustino Uribe, 74, was beaten during a robbery in the Victory Park restroom Sunday during his daily walk to the park from his home a few blocks away.

A gash above Uribe's left eye goes to the bone, and a specialist told the family it may cause permanent vision problems.

The attack came just six days after a 60-year-old man was shot to death in Victory Park in a gold chain robbery.

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Armando Pino carried a gun for protection but did not have time to draw before being shot Sept. 17, according to police.

The family of the latest victim is outraged that the park is no longer safe for vulnerable people living in the neighborhood.

"Anybody should be happy and feel safe to go to that park any day," said Uribe's daughter, Mayra.

Uribe suffered a stroke 30 years ago that left him unable to speak, which his family said led to a problem for hospital workers trying to notify next of kin after the attack.

They said it was the second time Uribe was robbed at the park, although during the 2005 robbery Uribe was not injured.

The city of Stockton Monday announced an emergency community meeting to be held Wednesday evening at Victory Park to address the recent violence there.

City councilwoman Susan Eggman and police chief Eric Jones will host the event at 6 p.m. in the park's Haggin Museum.

"Stuff like this drops me to my knees," Eggman said. "It's not just people in the neighborhood.  People all over the city use that park."

Eggman said steps had already been taken to try to make the park safer, but she was seeking suggestions from the public about things that might have been overlooked.

"It feels like we need to figure out if there's anything we're missing," she said.

Uribe's family planned to be at the Wednesday meeting.

Whatever's necessary to take our park back," said Mayra Uribe.  "We're going to take it back because that's our park."

by George Warren, 


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