Civil contractor reportedly beaten at NAS Whidbey

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 12:03 PM

SEATTLE -- A skull fracture and swollen eye are some of the injuries a man is dealing with after what his family calls a completely unprovoked attack. It happened last week at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
 
Mike Welding, a spokesperson for the Naval Air Station said he can not provide many details about the incident because of the ongoing investigation. 
 
Monday night at Harborview Medical Center, Ralph Alden Elliott's family members said they are baffled by what happened Thursday afternoon.
 
"It was awful," said Aliina, Elliott's wife. "I could see his skull, and it was the most terrifying thing I have ever seen in my life."
 
Elliott, a civil contractor at NAS Whidbey Island, was allegedly hit in the head twice with a two-foot long torque wrench by a co-worker.
 
"According to witnesses, there was no interaction. The guy just walked over and did that," said Aliina.
 
Elliott was airlifted to Harborview where family was told that if he did survive there were concerns about brain damage and blindness.
 
"I just thought he is not going to make it, and I am going to lose my best friend, my daughter's daddy. She is four years old," said Aliina.
 
While doctors and nurses worked, family and friends prayed. Soon Elliott was talking.
 
"When they took the tube out and he spoke a full sentence, it was like angels singing," said sister-in-law Rachel Harrington.
 
Brother Joel Elliott said, "it was a total 180. There is no other way to explain it than God did it."
 
Family members said they saw how quickly it all could have come to an end, and now they are forever grateful.
 
"It is Thanksgiving. We have to be thankful for our family and the things that make life worth living," said Aliina.
 
Family members are ready to spend Thanksgiving with Elliott at Harborview, but he is improving so much that he could be released as early as tomorrow.
 
As for the alleged attacker, he is a civil contractor. No other information was released about the man on Monday night.
 
 
 

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