GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Nine days ago, Ralph Covington thought he might not be sitting at a Fava's Restaurant table again.
"I'm just lucky. I'm real lucky that it was 40 degrees instead of 20 or I would have frozen to death outside," he said.
Police say on December 21, Amanda Pergram attacked him after he refused to give her some money. He says the attack left him with a broken jaw, a concussion, and cuts all over his face. He says he came to about forty-five minutes later in his front yard and immediately thought of the restaurant he's been coming to several times a day for decades.
"I came here first when I was hurt," he said.
"One of the waitresses came downstairs crying, saying that they beat up Ralph. To see him would break your heart...to see him would break your heart....He was soaking wet and he had been kicked around, beat around. It was awful," said friend and fellow Fava's customer Arthur Edward Dupont, Jr.
Nine days later, Covington's getting there. He's got his stitches out and his wounds are healing.
"It would heal itself in about six weeks. It will knit back together. I told them, I can live with that," he said.
Covington says he's gotten support from all over Georgetown and beyond.
"I went to Walmart and it took me about an hour and a half. I had people lined up wanting to talk to me and apologize, say we're sorry, we're praying for you, we wish this hadn't have happened. Everybody wants to help me since I've been on Facebook all over the United States. It's right nice that people are concerned, you know, not knowing me," Covington said.
As they watch him get better, those who are close to him hope to see an arrest soon.
He continues to carry on every day. He's doing so much better. I just hope they catch the person that done this," said Fava's employee Renee Afterkirk.
Police say they have a warrant for Pergram's arrest. They believe she may be in a creme-colored PT Cruiser with Florida plates.