'It's incredible how someone can have so little regard for fellow man'

'It's incredible how someone can have so little regard for fellow man'
SEATTLE -- A son is asking for the public's help in catching the men who beat and robbed his stepfather while he walked home from work in Belltown.

Matt Hale might soon be moved out of the intensive care unit. But because of a tracheotomy and brain injury, he hasn't been able to utter a word about the brutal beating that landed him in the hospital.

The 69-year-old greeted residents with a smile at the Seattle Heights condominiums.

Hale ran a mail stop in a Belltown building for 20 years then retired, only to return as a doorman.

Police say the five men captured on surveillance cameras robbed, kicked and beat Hale bloody last Wednesday night after he left work.

Kevin Peterson said his stepfather suffered a severe head injury, fractured his thyroid cartilage and can't yet speak because of a tracheotomy. The family has even tried using an alphabet board in an attempt to help Hale communicate, but nothing has worked yet.

"To watch people go through what we went through for five days, I would not wish that on the families of the people who did this to Matt," Peterson said. "The pain, and it's incredible how someone can have so little regard for fellow man."

Security cameras at Fisher Plaza captured the men running shortly after the attack.

Seattle police say they still don't know the identities of the suspects, and Hale's stepson is urging anyone with information to contact police.

Peterson says his stepfather's condition is improving, but it's too early to know the long-term effects of his head injury.