David Auerbach had gone outside to smoke a cigarette recently when he claims a neighbor attacked him.
"If he would've hit me a few more times, he could've killed me," Auerbach, 28, said.
The attack happened about a week ago.
"He walks toward my door. The gentleman got within about five feet and then just completely rushed at me and attacked me," Auerbach said. "He hit me right here in the face."
Auerbach said his attacker, Michael Murdough, was deranged and belligerent. He said that at one point Murdough walked away, then came back and attacked him again
"The officers asked 'Why did you do it?' He's saying because the voices in his head told him to do it," Auerbach said.
The incident happened in front of Auerbach’s wife and two young children.
Now, he’s pleading with management to get him out of his lease.
"They basically told me they can't let me out of my lease. I got a phone call the next day that I have to pay four months (rent) to break the lease," Auerbach said.
His attorney, Gus Frances, sees things differently.
He believes his client's life was in jeopardy from the day he moved in to the apartments on Southeast 22nd Street.
Frances showed Local 10 News court records that reveal Murdough’s troubled past, which includes felonies, including one for attempted murder.
Local 10 News did contact Cooper Properties, the company that manages the complex, for this story. They said that management was out for the day and to call back in the morning.
As far as the attacker, he remains in jail.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.