CHICAGO (CBS) – Jin Lew’s family reported him missing late last week – and it wasn’t until they started calling local hospitals that they found him badly beaten.
As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported Wednesday night, the Chicago-area chief was listed in the hospital as John Doe until his family was notified. He was in a coma and almost unrecognizable.
“Jin Lew was robbed, carjacked and brutally beaten and had to undergo multiple brain operations,” family spokesman Dr Kim Tee said. “Something must be done immediately.”
Lew was last seen on surveillance video leaving the lobby of his son’s South Loop apartment building around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Cameras also caught him driving away in his Lexus sport utility vehicle.
When he failed to show up for a meeting the next day, Lew was reported missing to police last Friday.
The family said Lew, 61, was found on 25th Place near Princeton Avenue in Chinatown by a street cleaner. He didn’t have his car, his belongings were missing and he needed medical help.
In a statement read by Dr Tee, the family said:
“Chicago, especially the Chinese community, lives in fear of carjacking crimes, but it’s spiraling out of control. Taking personal property is one thing, now they’re getting more and more violent towards the victims. It has to stop. The City leaders need to do something and find and punish those responsible.”
Lew worked as a chef at the Chi Tung restaurant in the evergreen park for decades. He appeared on a 2012 episode of the WGN-TV show, “Chicago’s Best.”
Peggy Wu is the general manager of Chi Tung and has worked with Lew.
“Everyone at Chi Tung supports him, and we know he’s a real fighter,” Wu said. “We definitely know he’ll win this battle.”
Lew’s son said the whole family felt helpless – watching and waiting for their father to wake up from his coma. Doctors tell them that if he does, it could take weeks or even months.
The family set up a GoFundMe to cover Lew’s medical and recovery costs.
Wednesday evening, no one was in custody.
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