96-year-old Recovering from Brutal Assault

November 28, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 7:33 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Kyla Igoe

November 28, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 7:33 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - According to family members, 96-year-old Levi Clayton of Buffalo remains at ECMC with a broken jaw Tuesday night, just one of the injuries Police say he sustained over the weekend when he was assaulted inside his home on Longview Avenue. Buffalo Police say around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night, three men forced their way inside Clayton's home and beat him. Detectives say the suspects got away with cash, jewelry, guns and other items. The home invasion was caught on the 96-year-old's home surveillance system. Detectives also believe a dark colored mini-van may have been used by the suspects to flee the scene.

"To see this happen and to know they were inside his house hitting him, it hurts my heart," said Niece Paula Smith. "It just hurts my heart."

For decades, Clayton served as a deacon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Now Lawmakers, city leaders, and community activists are outraged. Many can't understand how someone could inflict injury on someone who promoted peace their entire life.

"My message is: you can run, but you can't hide and I wouldn't be too comfortable if I was the people who did this," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Anyone with information is asked to text or call the Buffalo Police Confidential Tip Call Line at: 716-847-2255.