A deaf World War II veteran was allegedly targeted by teen thugs during a violent carjacking as he was on his way to visit his dying wife.
Pasquale Marasea was about to get in his car to go see his wife in hospital when he was allegedly set upon outside his Altona home on Friday morning.
Police say the alleged thieves ripped the 94-year-old from his car and threw him to the ground, leaving him bruised and battered on the side of the road.
“From the knees down its black – he’s struggling to walk and he’s got a bruised hand,” Sam Marasea, the victim’s son told 9News.
“I’m just surprised how lucky he is after what happened – that he hasn’t broken a hip or got run over.”
Police said earlier in the night the thieves allegedly raided homes in Truganina and Altona North, taking off with two other cars which were crashed on Blackshaws Road before Mr Marasea was targeted.
The teens allegedly took the elderly man’s car on a four hour joyride before dumping it on Eldridge Street in Footscray.
A short time later, police arrested three boys, aged 14 and 16 at a nearby bus stop.
They have since been charged and are expected to front court at a later date.
“It’s just disgusting, I hope it doesn’t happen again – I hope they get the punishment they deserve,” Sam Marasea said.
Despite what happened to him, his father’s focus now is to spend as much time with his wife in the time she has left.