Feb 24, 2010 10:32 PM by David Ortiviz

Pueblo clerk beaten during robbery forgives attackers

A 67-year old man who was brutally attacked during a robbery last summer says he forgives his attackers. The robbery happened at the northside Wal-Mart in Pueblo, around 2:30 a.m. David Curtiss was working in electronics, when two men approached him and asked to see an iPod. "He reached with his left hand for it and then all of a sudden hit me with his right hand," said Cutriss. "At that point everything went out. It was the perfect punch I guess," he added.

Curtiss suffered a broken jaw, plus his eye socket and cheek were both cracked. "I looked in the mirror and I'll be honest I did not recognize myself," said Curtiss.

Despite all he went through, Curtiss has no harsh feelings towards the suspects. "I said we need to pray for them. There's a problem. They can't live like that. They need some help. They need to be prayed for," said Curtiss. "Don't judge so quickly, because sometimes people make dumb mistakes," he added. "I've heard people say, well they'll probably never change. They're 20 some year olds, come on give me a break. They have a lot of time to go."

The first suspect Omar Griffin-Belhachmi, 21, plead guilty to robbery, a class 4 felony. On February 19, he was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Akeem Thomas, 25, was the accused get-away driver. Thomas plead guilty to attempted robbery, a class 5 felony and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 5 years probation.

The third suspect, Rashad Wilson was arrested in another state and is in the process of being brought back to Pueblo.


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