A 76-year-old man was badly beaten last night in an attack behind a Catonsville restaurant as his wife and three other companions were waiting out front for him to drive the car round, authorities reported.
Harry C. Grant of the 58000 block of Richardson Mews Square, Catonsville, was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was listed early this morning in serious condition, said Sgt. Daniel N. Nowack of the Baltimore County police.
The attack occurred about 9:30 p.m. behind the Candle Light Inn, a restaurant in the 1800 block of Frederick Road where Mr. Grant, his family and friends had eaten dinner.
Both Sergeant Nowack and restaurant manager Dan Derby said the attack was the first such incident they could recall at the establishment.
Sergeant Nowack described the inn as "quite a low-key establishment."
"We've never had trouble there -- especially nothing like this," he said.
"It would appear they just got him as he was opening the [car] door," Mr. Derby said.
Police said that whoever attacked Mr. Grant may have fled in a car seen leaving a rear parking lot by a person who noticed the victim leaning against his car. Mr. Grant, who was at times unconscious, was unable to tell police officers much about what had happened, Sergeant Nowack said.
The police were uncertain whether robbery was the motive. "That might have been the motive, but we don't know," Sergeant Nowack said.
He said Mr. Grant's wallet was not taken.