PACIFIC, MO (KTVI)-- A man and his fiancée were beaten by a stranger. He’s hospitalized and she’s recovering at home.
It all happened in front of their two and half year old daughter while the family was fishing along the Meramec River.
Christopher Gerritsen, 32, is hospitalized with a severe concussion. Gerritsen said he doesn’t remember about being hit and knocked out cold. “The next thing I know I woke up in somebody’s arms bleeding,” he stated.
His fiancée Tiffany Corbett was frightened. She said, “I feared for my life and I was afraid for my daughter.”
She has nine stitches around her eyes, bruises and an injured shoulder. They were on the river when a stranger at first befriended them and then turned dangerous. Tiffany said he made a pass at her. “He said let why don’t you and me go make out in the woods I said excuse me.”
Then she said he told her she was a bad mother because she didn’t put her daughter in the car alone three quarters of a mile away to protect the girl from mosquitoes. That led to a heated exchange. And then the couple said the stranger turned violent. First he struck Tiffany and then knocked Christopher out. Gerritsen said he is still in pain. “I’m getting a whole lot of throbbing in my head. He rang my bell pretty good and my wrist hurts so bad,” he said.
St. Louis County Police are investigating and looking for the suspect. The couple’s daughter witnessed the entire beating and was affected. Corbett said, “She’s waking up with nightmares, she’s screaming mommy, daddy blood, blood mommy, daddy.”
A tearful Gerritsen added, “I was scared for my daughter’s safety, my wife’s safety there was nothing I could do there was nothing I could do.”
They want the suspect caught and punished.