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Family calls for arrests

March 12, 2013
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The family of a man who was beaten on South Main Street on Saturday is calling for the arrests of the assailants.

"There's no reason to smash somebody's head into a curb 20 times," said Gerald Brooker of Pensacola, Fla., the uncle of beating victim Nathan Brooker of Gloversville.

City police said Monday officers are investigating an incident that occurred Saturday at about 4:30 p.m. in the area of 198 S. Main St., near Country Farms, where a man was found unresponsive on the ground.

Police said the man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center to receive treatment for his injuries, and he is still at the hospital.

Police would not release the man's name or say how he was injured, but family members say Brooker was jumped by four people who smashed his head into the curb.

Gerald Brooker said Nathan, who lives in Gloversville, has a fractured eye socket and other facial injuries. He said Nathan was in an induced coma as of Monday afternoon at Albany Medical Center.

Gerald Brooker said the attack is on videotape and the identities of the suspects are obvious.

Leroy Brooker, another uncle of Nathan's, said the attack was related to an old $50 debt.

Pat Brooker, Nathan's father, said his 26-year-old son is in critical condition.

"He is using a breathing machine and is not doing good," Pat Brooker said.

He also said the doctors won't know if there is any significant brain damage until the swelling goes down in a few days.

Pat Brooker said Nathan said something to one of the people and then that person and three others started to attack him.

"If you saw my son and what they did to him, you wouldn't even believe it," Pat Brooker said.

Pat Brooker said is frustrated the police still haven't made any arrests.

Chief of Police Donald VanDeusen said this morning the department is still investigating and are aware of the video surveillance.

"We are currently going through that video surveillance, and there are aspects of this case that have to be looked at a little bit further before we move forward," VanDeusen said.

He wouldn't confirm any details from the video.

Police advise anyone who may have information about the incident to call the Gloversville Police Department Detective Division at 773-4503 or 773-4569.



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