Councilman recovering after assault at Wings game

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — City Councilman Robert Abraham is recovering from an assault after a Detroit Red Wings game March 4 at Joe Louis Arena.

“I would like to see some justice,” Abraham said. “I don’t think I did anything to deserve the knot on my head.”

Abraham, his college-aged son and two friends were leaving the game around 6:30 p.m. when a man got out of his car, approached Abraham and his group and began to hassle them because of the Blackhawks jersey his son’s friends were wearing.

“From there it gets kind of fuzzy,” Abraham said. “All I know is at some point he got out of his car and I tried to just kind of diffuse the situation.”

Abraham and his group were heading to his wife’s car on Jefferson Avenue. His wife was picking him up with their 14-year-old daughter.

“I told our kids to just get in the car and told him to ‘go back to your car. This is stupid. They are just kids. They are not hurting anyone,’” Abraham said.

Abraham said the next thing he knew he was on his back. His wife and others said the man rushed off in a dark blue Chevy sport utility vehicle exiting on West Jefferson across from the Facebook page. Abraham was rushed to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit at 7 p.m. where he was given a Computed Tomography scan.

Abraham suffered a black eye which he was unable to open and had several stitches and a bruise above his left eye.

“I hope somebody knows who this guy is and they come forward,” he said.

Abraham said his facial swelling is going down and he is hoping for a full recovery.

“I am hoping to get my eye open tomorrow or the next day,” he said on March 7. “It is still pretty swollen and closed up. I should get the stitches out in about a week.”

Abraham said the attacker is a white man between 25 to 30 years old and was driving a dark-colored sport utility vehicle.

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