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Man in Wheelchair Attacked, Family Seeks Help

Sharon Halderman Frost says her brother broke his hip after being attacked Monday while leaving a Newport Beach pharmacy. She is asking for the public's help in finding the perpetrator.

The sister of a Newport Beach man, who uses a wheelchair to get around, is asking for the public's help in finding the man who punched her brother in the face and shattered his hip.

Alan Halderman, 56, was attacked on Monday at about 3:15 p.m. on West Balboa Boulevard in front of the Old Spaghetti Factory, according to his sister Sharon Halderman Frost. Alan Halderman suffered a stroke three years ago and his speech is limited as a result.

"He was coming home from picking up a prescription from the pharmacy and got into some sort of altercation with another man," Frost said. "I think it had something to do with the fact that he was riding his wheelchair in a crowded area."

Frost said after getting into a heated argument, the man punched Halderman twice in the face and pushed him off his wheelchair.

"Most likely the guy thought my brother was swearing at him, but it's just that he cannot really talk," Frost explained.

Halderman was only able to describe the man who attacked him as a white man, with a medium build and height. Frost said no one reported seeing the assault, and she is asking for the community's help in identifying the perpetrator.

"We really need help finding who did this. My brother had to have surgery because his hip was broken as he couldn't break his fall," she said. "If anyone saw what happened I hope they will come forward."

Nothing was stolen during the attack, and the motive is unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3717, or email Sharon Halderman Frost at slhfrost@cox.net.

Dave T. August 09, 2012 at 04:17 PM
How could this have happened without someone intervening? People just stood by and watched? You would think there would be more respect for the disabled. dt. Westcliff Nurses. HOme Health Care.
Larry Halderman August 09, 2012 at 04:44 PM
To Nisha and the NB/CdM Patch, Thank you for posting this article about our brother! We are grateful! Larry Halderman for the Halderman Family
Sandy Asper August 09, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Alan had no way of defending himself from any attack. That someone could be this angry...to attack a person in a wheelchair, is unbelievable! The Halderman family has been dealing with Allan's massive stroke and all the attendent responsibilities and now have to deal with his shattered hip, and how confused and frustrated Allan must feel is very very sad for everyone....not to mention that this happened in broad daylight in Newport.
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Larry, I really hope the article helps shed some light on who did this to your brother. I am praying for a speedy recovery & justice for Alan.
Lola August 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I cant say that Im surprised. The human race in this country has really gone to hell.
Sharon Frost August 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Nisha thank you for writing this article. I received a call from KFI Radio today and the story ran about an hour ago. I know they contacted me through this article b/c you included my email. Thank you for your help this is really well written. Sandy thank you for putting me in touch with Nisha. I also got a call from a NB Police Detective yestrerday morning, cant help but think this article stepped up the urgency on that. Thanks for your help.
Lola August 11, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Awesome job Nisha as always. Keep up the good work.
Duranne Mungall August 11, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Thank you for this article, I will forward it. @Sharon, if Allan was riding in a crowded area and the individual popped him, why did no one see it? There is no rationale in that.
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Sharon, I am so glad KFI picked it up, I hope it helps reach more potential witnesses. Please keep me posted and let me know if there is any other new elements I can report. Lola, thank you so much for reading Patch. I appreciate it!
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" August 12, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I have been contacted by a Lido Island resident who requested public information on home invasions occuring in Newport Beach. He was lied to and plaqated by the Chief and a month later still have recieved no accurate count or statistics on the rampant burglary and crime taking place in the city. I suggest everyone get on the phone to the city and demand accountability and crime statistics for our city. They are about to release more criminals from the jails and Newport Beach Citizens deserve access to public knowledge that can SAVE THEIR LIFE. This is ANOTHER WAITING TO HAPPEN OCCURRENCE DUE OUR NEWPORT BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH THEIR COSTLY LAWSUIT HISTORY IN SETTLEMENTS DRAINING TAX PAYERS POCKETS AND THE PRESERVATION OF COMMUNITY.. It is time for the citizens to demand accountability. My heart goes out to this family, for Alan Halderman and Sheri Halderman Frost Please contact me at humanechange4newportbeach@gmail.com, I have a fellow resident that pays for security at his home for the exact reasons you were victimized as he has spoken to retired NBPD. He is HIGHLY AWARE. Their is power of change in knowledge shared among neighbors. This is horrible, and it never should have happened. I pray for strength, healing, and peace in your family during this very trying time. God Bless You!
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" August 12, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Thank you Nisha... this is a very unfortunate occurrence of a very obvious and present danger in the city of Newport Beach-- Thank you for aiding this family and the community through awareness
marti bundy September 28, 2012 at 05:50 PM
This is just unspeakable. My 24 year old son is physically handicapped and uses a scooter to get around and I worry about this kind of stuff all the time. What is wrong with people? If he was in a crowded area there must have been at least one person that witnessed this. Shame on those who will not speak up as well as the one who did this, and my wishes go out to you for a speedy recovery.

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