A 92-year-old Dawson man is recovering after he was beaten and robbed of his wallet.
It happened in the popular piano teacher's back yard.
Veteran Ralph McGill got around with a cane until he was attacked and robbed on his back steps Sunday. Now he uses a walker.
"All of a sudden on about the 3rd step something grabbed me from behind. 2 arms around my neck like this. He took me and slung me around down the steps."
McGill landed on the cement below. He says the man then took his wallet. Mcgill says he screamed at the top of his lungs for a neighbor.
"I tried and tried to get up," said McGill. "I didn't know how bad I was hurt and I looked down and my arms and hands were bloody."
He managed to call a friend who called police. Officers and EMT's arrived and tended to him, but he refused to go to the hospital.
People in the community say they are upset that he would have to go through something like this.
"Everybody loves him in Dawson and Webster County where I'm from. That is where he taught music," said resident Winona Jones.
McGill, who never married, says his music students are his children and he never forgets a birthday.
He has not stopped sending them since 1958 I'm not the only one he sends to everyoneespeciallyy the children," said Jones.
McGill was having a conversation over the fence with the man before he left and came back to rob him.
He says he only remembers that the man is black and has 4 or 5 earrings in one ear and a stud in his nose.
"I'd like to know that he was off the street," said McGill.
About 20 teens started a Facebook page called "Engage To Raise Money For McGill" to help him work around the house.
Dawson Police urge you to call them if you have any information about the crime.
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