Neighbors, 10News viewers join to help man beaten in Lake Murray home invasion

Security measures installed in Tom Hoover's home

SAN DIEGO - The Lake Murray man who was severely beaten by a couple of robbers two weeks ago now has better protection, thanks to many people who were outraged at what happened to him.

Tom Hoover is proud of new security measures at his home, pointing first to the front door. 

"That's brand new, compliments of Home Depot," he said. "They just volunteered it, brought it out and installed it... has a nice deadbolt and double lock."

American Home Alarms chipped in the installation and part of the cost of an ADT system as well.

It is all part of the public reaction to Hoover being attacked in his own home two weeks ago with a tire iron. He was the victim of a home invasion and robbery.

Though he was badly bruised and shaken, he is doing much better.

"I just had staples removed from the gash in the back of my skull… had them out this morning," he said.

10News viewers reached out to help, as did many of his friends. A fund has been set up at U.S. Bank.

 "All the neighbors… they're replacing a garage door for me that didn't provide much security and they're taking up a collection to help me handle that and I really appreciate that," said Hoover.

The two accused in the crime are due back before a judge on Thursday for a preliminary hearing. Joshua Jett is 23 and Adam Donaldson is 17, but he is being prosecuted as an adult. 

They face charges including robbery, elder abuse and burglary. If convicted, they could face a prison sentence of nine years.

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