Patrol investigates Nuckolls County assault

OAK — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C of Grand Island are asking the public for help in locating two suspects and a pickup believed to be connected with the assault Tuesday of a Davenport man.

A state patrol news release states that just after 6 p.m. Tuesday investigators with the state patrol responded to a request for assistance from the Nuckolls County Sheriff's Office in reference to an assault that occurred in a home under construction north of Oak.

The victim, identified as Steven Reinke, 62, of Davenport told investigators he was working alone in the residence one mile north of Oak, when two males entered the home around 12:30 p.m., and assaulted him with a wooden baseball bat. 

Reinke walked to a neighboring residence after the attack, and let himself in when no one answered the door, the release states. He was discovered around 4 p.m., on the kitchen floor by the residents when they returned home. 

Reinke, who suffered a skull fracture, a broken arm and a broken leg, was transported by ambulance to the Hebron hospital, before being flown by medical helicopter to BryanLGH-West in Lincoln.

Investigators are looking for two suspects, both identified as white males. 
One suspect is said to be about 55 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 165 pounds. He has a sandy blond or light-gray beard and mustache, and short sandy blond or light-gray hair. He was wearing a green camouflage shirt, desert camouflage pants, boots and a brown military style hat.

The second suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, about 5-8, and 190 pounds with a stocky build. He was wearing a black ski mask, dark glasses, a red shirt under a black zip-up sweatshirt, black sweat pants and black or gray hiking boots.

The suspects were believed to have left the home in a southerly direction, driving an older, boxy 1996-style green Dodge Dakota pickup, with a matching green topper and a possible red pinstripe on both the pickup and the topper.

Anyone with information that could aid in the investigation is asked to call the state patrol at (308) 385-6000.

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