DENVER (CBS4) – Police are searching for two suspects who assaulted a 64-year-old Denver man on Aug. 4, possibly in retaliation for being pepper-sprayed.

Walter Adams said he was retrieving his mail at approximately 5 p.m. at his home in the 4300 block of North Cook Street when a man and a woman approached him. The man, Adams said, told him: “I’m one of those guys you pepper sprayed the other night.”

He was then knocked unconscious and woke in an ambulance.

“I could’ve been killed if my injuries were serious enough, if the bleeding on my brain had been bad enough,” Adams said. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated for four broken ribs, a slightly punctured lung, swollen jaws and bleeding on his brain.

Wounds on Walter Adams' head (credit: CBS)

Wounds on Walter Adams’ head (credit: CBS)

He said he used pepper spray days before the assault to defend his daughter, as she was being attacked by a neighbor, he said.

“I sprayed everybody in front of me to get them away from my daughter,” Adams said.

The male suspect is described as 5-foot-7, in his early 20s, 165 pounds and wearing a white shirt with an unknown emblem on the front. The female is described as short and thin with her hair in a bun.

“These people are threatening us,” he said, but he doesn’t plan to move. “I would like to see these people found and brought to justice. I’d like to see this come to an end.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at 720-913-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867), text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message, or send an e-mail to



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