A homeless family in Fayetteville was viciously attacked by another living on the streets. Family members say the perpetrators smashed the windows of the minivan and destroyed the only shelter. The Good Samaritan is now raising money to help the family survive this tragedy.
The harrowing stories of 45-year-old Chris Tober and 73-year-old Sherman Tober show how vulnerable those experiencing homelessness on the streets of Fayetteville can be.
They say it’s the third time they’ve been attacked by another homeless person. It happened in early August when a mother and son were camping across from the Public Library on Maiden Lane.
In the middle of the night, a man was swinging a bat against the brick walls of the library. When one of his family dogs barked at him, he approached them with a knife and swung a bat at the car.
“I am a tolerant person and I forgive him,” Chris Tober said. “That’s what I’m supposed to do. I’m not, I have no grudges. But I wanted him to go to jail or be prosecuted.”
Families say the attack hit them hard. You need a van to store your luggage, get food and clothes, and run basic errands like doing your laundry. There is still broken glass inside and outside the minivan, making it dangerous to open the door and retrieve your luggage. It also exposes you to more attacks and bad weather.
“If it rains or the wind blows, we will drown.
Sharman Tober says he struggles to access affordable housing despite applying. She also says that because they are homeless, they have limited options to take legal action against their perpetrators. Ms. Tober wants city officials to be more aware that homeless people are human beings just like everyone else, she said. She also believes that the city should pay more attention to people on the streets who are mentally unstable and who may cause harm to others.
“They do all kinds of things. They hurt people. There are people who get stabbed and they get shot.”
Sherman and Chris Tober told ABC 11 they haven’t seen anyone destroy the minivan since the incident happened a few weeks ago. Yet they live in fear that he will attack again.
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