JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville police are trying to find a man who they said attacked a disc jockey after an altercation at a bar and cut the man's eyes out.
Investigators said the DJ was attacked in the early-morning hours of July 5 near Starlite Café. Rescuers. Police found him in the neighborhood because someone driving by saw him lying in the street. They said right away they realized something was very wrong with man's eyes.
"(It's) heartbreaking to think something like that would happen here," said one of the DJ's co-workers, Kir Kay.
According to a police report, the DJ had life-threatening injuries and both of his eyes were protruding from his face.
Friends of the victim told Channel 4 the man who loved playing music in the bar now has to rely on his hearing because the attack left him blind.
"I cannot image what would drive somebody to do that," Kay said.
Police have been looking for 30-year-old Foster Leon, who is accused of aggravated battery in the attack.
Friends said the DJ moved out of state after the attack, but before he left they said he stopped by the bar to say goodbye.
"Very strong, very determined. I don't know what I'd do in his position. I'm proud of him. I can tell you that I'm proud of him," Kay said.
Anyone with information about Leon's whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 866-845-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.
The DJ continues to recover from his injuries. A benefit concert to help defray his medical bills is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Starlite Café on Park Street.