A crowdfunding page has been set up for Bob Plumb, the 89-year-old victim of Wednesday morning’s machete attack in downtown Courtenay.
According to the police report, Plumb was inside his vehicle parked on the 400-block of 5th Street at approximately 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, when he was approached by a man on a bicycle who asked him for a cigarette.
Plumb told the man that he did not have any cigarettes before the man assaulted him with what appeared to be a machete.
The suspect has been described as being young, possibly in his 20s with a dark complexion, wearing something on his head. The suspect was riding a bicycle.
Janelle Karatsikis set up the gofundme page Wednesday night, as information about the victim became public.
“[Bob] is under going surgery as we speak to see if they can save his eye after multiple slashes to his face from a machete. He has multiple other wounds from fighting off his attacker. It’s absolutely unreal that a human being could do this to another.”
Karatsikis created the crowdfunding page in response to the numerous offers of help for Plumb.
“The outcome is still unknown at this time but we have had an overwhelming response with people wanting to help so this is where you can do that,” reads the page. “Any money raised will help him in his medical recovery both physically & mentally. Any extra funds will be donated to a charity of his choice.”
To contribute to the fund, click here.
The account had collected more than $9,200 in donations by Thursday morning.