Family demands answers in brutal assault of loved one

Roy Loveland was assaulted in his Blaire Township home by a 20-year-old man.

20-year-old man is now being held on a $1 million bond after he was charged with assault in the brutal beating of 65-year-old Roy Loveland at his Blair Township home. Grand Traverse County sheriff's investigators tell 7&4 news that the assault happened sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning. Roy Loveland is now in stable condition at Munson Medical Center, but the Loveland family says he has multiple broken bones in his face and will need reconstructive surgery.

"I saw his face... And I fell to the floor," said Heather Huffman, granddaughter of Roy Loveland.

Roy Loveland, just days ago was standing tall, but now he's a man his granddaughters barely recognize.

"It's not fair," said Huffman. "He didn't deserve it."

Monday, Roy Loveland was assaulted in his Blaire Township home by a 20-year-old man.

"His face is completely swelled up because of all of the broken bones," said granddaughter Angie Loveland. "His eye sockets are completely sealed shut."

No doubt, a brutal act, but was it a random one? The Loveland family says they don't think so. They say a man seeking revenge came to Roy's home, targeting a family member who they say used to live there.

Instead, loud pounding in the middle of the night woke Roy Loveland, who was sound asleep in his home. When he finally got up to answer his door, there was a man standing there. Loveland said, 'you're not welcome here, this is my home.' But that's when the man started throwing punches, and that's when the Loveland family says it all turned into a "bad dream."

That night, they say Roy Loveland was barely holding on at Munson Medical Center.

"He was in a lot of pain," said Angie Loveland. "It was like a 50-50 chance if he was going to make it through the night."

The Loveland family says, days later, Roy still can't remember much, but the overwhelming support from the community is keeping his hopes up.

He's a great man," said Huffman. "He has a big heart -- very strong. He would always be there for anyone... And that's why I believe the community is doing what they're doing."

"He's been knocked down a lot in his life and he's still going strong," said Angie Loveland.

Roy Loveland is scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on Saturday, and the Loveland family is planning a benefit dinner to help pay for some of his hospital bills.

The Loveland family is in the process of setting up a bank account for donations to help cover medical costs.

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