AMES, Iowa--An Iowa State University student is recovering at the hospital after his family says he was attacked.
Twenty-year-old Cale Truhlsen was leaving a party last weekend when his family says he was confronted by a group of adult males.
“My phone rang and it was his roommate, and he said we needed to get to Ames because my son was in the hospital,”says Cale's mother Jennifer Truhlsen.
Truhlsen and her husband Bob rushed to the hospital to find their son Cale was beaten almost unconscious.
“I talked to a witness that came forward and she said it was terrifying. She said that two men held my son down while one kicked him and one punched him,” says Jennifer Truhlsen.
Doctors say Cale has a broken nose, both his eyes were swollen shut and he had a hole in his intestines that required stitches.
His mom says it will be a long road towards recovery.
“It`s been a little slower and they said that`s because it`s not a typical surgery but he has been beaten as well,” says Jennifer Truhlsen.
The Truhlsen's say Cale remembers seeing a group of eight to nine adult males, not students, in the 400 block of Welch on Sunday February 8th around 1:50 a.m.
He was defending a female friend when he was confronted.
“He told them to chill out and I guess they kind of got in his face he said he remembers he shook their hands, so I think he was saying I’m not going to fight let`s move on. He said, I remember shaking their hand and the next thing I know there is someone behind me hit me. He thinks that`s when he got his eyes he said he couldn't see them because both of his eyes were instantly swollen shut,” says Jennifer Truhlsen.
“Whatever compelled them to think that 8 or 9 or how every many they had on one person it`s not only cowardly it`s a crime, they assaulted him,” says Cale’s father Bob Truhlsen.
At 6'9, 230 pounds, Cale sticks out in a crowd. His family is hoping someone saw the altercation or recognized the alleged suspects.
“We`re hoping that someone has a cell phone video that will show their faces so we can then put that on TV and then get these people. If this is something they do for fun, then they`re going to do it again and they`re going to do it to someone else`s son or daughter and they should be punished,” says Jennifer Truhlsen.
Ames Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Cale has since been transferred from Ames to a Des Moines area hospital.
If you have any information about the altercation, you’re urged to call Ames Police at 515-239-5133.
Or you can make a tip anonymously by visiting, http://www.storycountycs.com/ or calling the Story County Crime Stoppers at 515-382-7577.