Just after 10 a.m. on April 14, the victim, whose name has not been released, was walking into The Hock Shop off Cobb Parkway near Gresham Road in Marietta when an unknown man came into the store right behind him and attacked him with a knife just 15 feet inside the door, police said.
The attacker, who didn’t take anything from the business, is described as a black male in his 20s, 5-feet, 6-inches tall with a thin build and weighing between 130 and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a knit cap and woman’s-style wig, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The wig and cap were found near the crime scene.
“We don’t have any new leads on the case, but (detectives) do have some video found at another business, but they can’t release it right now. We still aren’t sure how viable it is,” Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin said.
He said the few leads they have followed have been “vague.”
The victim, who police say saved his own life by acting quickly after the attack, was able to call 911. He was taken to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he underwent surgery to repair the muscles damaged in his leg and remove a portion of his colon.
“He is doing very well, amazingly,” a relative of the victim said. “He came home (April 20). He’s been a good patient.”
She credited family, friends and store customers for his quick recovery.
“The customers that have contacted us have been a great support,” she said. “Our church and friends have been incredible. We’ve just had a great support from the community.”
She said the attack has made the victim “very cautious” and “much more aware.”
“When he returns to work, I know he will be much more conscious of customers and surroundings,” she said. “I’ve even become more aware of looking out for neighbors and the public.”
She said he expects to return to work when his injuries heal, which could take several weeks.
The store, which the family has owned for 19 years, remained closed last week but reopened this week with shorter hours.
Anyone with information that could help police identify a suspect is asked to call the tip line at (770) 794-6990 or Detective Parker at (770) 794-5380.