The owner of Portland Market in Minneapolis was severely beaten on New Year’s Eve and had to be put into a medically-induced coma.
The victim, 53-year-old George Gerges and his wife, Saydee, have owned the market at 3751 Portland Av. S. for about eight years and never before had a problem until New Year’s Eve, she said in an interview Thursday. She faults in part a slow response from Minneapolis police, who did not arrive to the business until 38 minutes after the security alarm went off.
Andrew Marquis Hodge, 25, of Minneapolis, stands charged in Hennepin County District Court with felony first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated robbery in connection with the attack. He remains jailed in lieu of $350,000 bail and was scheduled to make his first appearance Thursday.
She said her husband took five blows to the head with a hammer, suffered numerous fractures and a displaced jaw. Though he’s no longer in a coma, he is still in the hospital and will take at least six weeks before he learns if he will be able to see out of his eye.