He lost consciousness, and when he came to, his wallet was missing. Police later found the wallet - with Lavini's credit cards still inside - in a trash can at the Kwik Mart. But $220 in cash was gone, said Daly, 40.
Lavini was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was treated for a brain hemorrhage, a head bruise, a cut on his chin and a swollen jaw, Daly said. He was admitted to the hospital overnight, but was scheduled to be released yesterday, she said.
Meanwhile, police had no description of the assailant(s) but were checking video surveillance.
Daly said the family heard that the assault might have been committed by one or more teenagers.
Although Lavini is retired, he takes care of his ailing wife, who has diabetes and has trouble walking, according to Daly. The couple have five children, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
"They depend on each other," Daly said. "It's a shame that people are treated like this when they get older. It's a shame they have to be afraid to walk outside of their house to get a paper."
She called the person or people responsible for the attack "cowards" for targeting an elderly man from behind.
"They probably could have just got the money; they didn't have to do all that," Daly said. "Nobody is fearful of anything anymore. How do you deal with this?"
Tipsters are urged to call police at 215-686-8477.