Two Resident Expats Attacked On The Beach Near Playa Blanca

Two Resident Expats Attacked On The Beach Near Playa Blanca

Saturday, June 16 2012 @ 11:02 AM COT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com – On Monday, 11 June 2012, Ty and Michelle Miller of Ty’s Sports Grill in El Valle were attacked while sleeping in the beach near Pipa’s Restaurant in Farallon. Three young men attacked them and Ty was able to fight them off, but not before he was stabbed by a broken bottle. He will be surgery on his right hand to repair the damage to the tendons of his thumb. Today someone sent this to me, which is an update written by Ty on what happened;
A Message from TY: Michelle and I were saddened to hear about 2 of our fellow expats passing in El Valle. What happened to us pales in comparison to loosing a life long companion. Our deepest condolences to those who are suffering after such a loss.
As for what happened to Michelle and me, I can not put into words how thankful we are for everyone’s concern, prayers and well wishes. It is deeply touching to know we have so many friends so far away from Canada.
Many have asked us what happened. On Tuesday June 11 at 11am Michelle and I were enjoying our last day together before my brief trip to Canada. We were on the beach down by Pipa’s restaurant. If you follow the beach from Pipa’s towards Playa Blanca resort there is a river just before you reach the Playa Blanca. We were sleeping {sound asleep} on the beach side by side with our car about 10 feet away fully open as we were listening to the radio.
3 guys {16 -20 years old} attacked us. One guy jumped on my back with both his knees and tried to hold my head down with his arm. Michelle was able to jump up and run for our car while I was fighting the guy who jumped me. Then I heard Michelle scream like I have never heard from her before. When I looked she was doubled over the passenger side seat of our car. I thought she was stabbed so I threw the guy I was fighting to the ground and went for the guy attacking her and that’s when he stabbed me twice with a large piece of glass then they all ran away. It was over in one minute or less.
Pipa’s restaurant was open at the time and I stopped there briefly to tell them what happened and to keep an eye for the attackers. The staff member I spoke with at Pipa’s also called the police and some patrons also wanted a description so they could watch for the attackers. Unfortunately I have just been told that one of the attackers actually stopped at Pipa’s shortly after I left and threatened that staff member with their life if they helped to identify any of them.
The police were very helpful and stayed with us in the hospital for several hours. The doctor stitched up my leg but the wound on my wrist was a bit worse. Because I was scheduled to leave for Canada the next day there was just no time to repair the wrist so I asked the doctor to wrap it and I will get it looked after when I arrive in Canada. The tendons in my right thumb are cut and I will be having surgery tomorrow {Saturday} before I head back to Panama on Sunday.
I have just been told the police found out the names of the attackers and are trying to find them.
Again, Michelle and I are very thankful for everyone’s prayers, concern and well wishes. It’s times like this that causes us to stop and think about what is truly important in life. When we returned home Michelle and I hugged each other all night long!
Editor’s Comment: It could have been worse, guys. Let me know when you get back to Panama.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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