North Park hammer attack victim still has long recovery ahead as alleged attacker heads to court

Henry Rader was beaten in North Park in January

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Family and friends of an auto shop worker attacked by a hammer-wielding man say the victim has a long recovery ahead.

Henry Rader's girlfriend told 10News he still has trouble with his eyesight. She also said plates holding his skull together cause him pain every night.

The experience has left Rader so traumatized that he doesn't like to leave the house, his girlfriend added.

Rader was attacked January 15 as he worked on a motorcycle in a North Park muffler shop. Surveillance footage shows Rader eating from a container of chips when a man walks into the shop and starts attacking him. Police say the man hit him 13 times in the head with a hammer.

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Police arrested Louis Cedarholm days later in connection with the attack.

On Wednesday, Cedarholm faces a judge for his mental competency hearing. He faces attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem charges.

10News will stay on top of the hearing and post updates when the judge makes the ruling

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