Police have released an image which shows the horrific injuries inflicted on a victim of an aggravated burglary in Wimbledon.
The horrific and sickening incident occurred when a 55-year-old man answered his door to three men who then forced their way into his family home.
All three males had their faces concealed, with one of the men immediately launching a violent assault on the man with multiple facial injuries, bruising and injury to his eye socket .
The two further burglars then began threatening a 50-year-old woman before attempting to tape her to a chair, luckily at that point police had already arrived at the scene due to a fast thinking daughter and another adult male who were upstairs and managed to alert police by calling 999.
The injured man is currently in a South London hospital receiving treatment for multiple facial injuries and bruising to the body and limbs. He is undergoing surgery to the eye and his condition is described as life changing.
It is understood that a number of personal items were stolen from the address, some of which have been recovered, as they were discarded by the suspects.
Police attended were alerted to the incident at 10pm on Monday August 11th following reports of a burglary in progress at an address in Kings Road, SW19, Wimbledon.
Officers attended the incident within minutes and apprehended and arrested two suspects in their late 20’s at the scene.
A third suspect evaded police arrest and is believed to be in his late 20’s he made off in the direction of Wimbledon Town Centre.
Police are further appealing to anyone who may have seen a silver Volkswagen two-door cabriolet style car which is believed to have been used by the suspects.
Detective Inspector Dan O’Sullivan, of Merton Burglary Squad, said: “I’m appealing to anyone who was in the area between 21:00-23:00hrs and may have heard of seen the events that night. We are also seeking information regarding a silver car the suspects may have used.
“The level of violence used was extreme and has left a victim seriously injured and traumatised. The fast response to the 999 call ensured that two suspects were apprehended and the victim could receive immediate first aid.
“I must stress that this appears to be an isolated incident, and such cases are thankfully rare. However, this serious attack is now subject of a meticulous enquiry whilst we work to support individuals affected by the events and the local community. Officers are currently conducting high visibility patrols and speaking to residents to answer their concerns.”
One man has been charged in connection with this investigation; the other man remains in custody.
There is no description of the third suspect at present.
Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020 8649 3159; Or if you with to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.