Man, Richard Nino, who was attacked on the street faces new hurdles in recovery

Posted at 9:55 PM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 09:45:19-04

Two months later, assault charges are finally being filed against a man accused of randomly and brutally attacking a Phoenix man on the street, and days later, stabbing a woman repeatedly. 

For Richard Nino, the victim of the first attack, the recovery remains a long road--his family is now facing eviction because he has been and will continue to be out of work. 

May 13, a police report shows Nino was walking to the store down the street from his home near Central and Baseline when 22-year-old Gabriel Coronado ran across the street, reached into Nino's pocket, then socked him in the face. 

His injuries were severe. 

"I had multiple fractures in my nose, a broken eye socket, and I had four stitches right here. I had a metal plate put in my face," Nino told ABC15 Investigator David Biscobing last month.

His attacker was let out of jail with no charges. Just days later, on May 24, court records show Coronado stabbed a woman six times while trying to steal her car from a Walmart parking lot near 24th Street and Baseline.

Now, Nino's family says their life has been turned upside down. 

While Nino is out of work, he's struggling to provide for his partner and their two young boys.

"He's being told that until he's completely healed and 100 percent, he can't come back [to work], and so he needs more time at home to get better," said Monique, Nino's partner, who only wanted to be identified by her first name. 

The family's recovery will be more than just financial.

"Physical injuries on a person are one thing, but I think it robs a little bit of your peace and your sense of self, and I think that goes for anybody who goes through things like that," Monique said. 

This past week, the family received a letter from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office notifying them that assault charges have been filed against Coronado. 

"It did give us a little weight off our shoulders. That's one thing," Monique said. 

But the road ahead is far from over. A  family member has set up a GoFundMe donation account to help relieve some of their financial burden. 

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