Neighbors in ‘Disbelief’ Over Elderly Couple Attack

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CLEVELAND-- People who live near Victory Boulevard are in disbelief after police say an elderly couple was brutally attacked on the city's west side.

"It's a good street. Everybody looks out for one another. It just put me in a state of shock," said Theresa Lanton, a neighbor.

"I see the man all the time. I live right down the street and for that to happen to them, I'm kind of scared now," said Rochelle Ford, a neighbor.

According to police, three men forced their way into a home on Victory Boulevard near W. 130th Street just after 11:30 Monday night.

Police say that Richard Kovachik, 82, and his wife, Margaret, 80, were both duct taped during the ordeal.

Richard was also beaten. Margaret was put into the trunk of the couple’s car and driven away.

Margaret and the car were recovered a short time later near a bar on Cedar Avenue near East 83rd Street.

"I hate to hear about egregious crime like that in general. But especially against the elderly," said Joseph Stanley, who is working on a house across the street.

The couple was taken to Fairview Hospital.

According to police, they are in stable condition.

Anyone with any information about the men who attacked the couple is asked to contact Cleveland police.