Sheep Island Road home

A home on Sheep Island Road outside Summerville where authorities say an elderly man was assaulted on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Berkeley County Sheriff's Office/Provided 

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is investigating the assault of a 78-year-old man earlier this week.

Deputies were called at 2:05 p.m. Thursday to 993 Sheep Island Road where they found the resident who had been severely assaulted, the Sheriff's Office said.

The man's wife found him "bleeding in their bedroom," when she returned home from work, according to an incident report. The man had several bumps on his head and was conscious but didn't respond to his wife.

The man was transported to Trident Medical Center in North Charleston and was admitted into the intensive care unit in "extremely critical condition," the Sheriff's Office said. Investigators believe the incident may have been a robbery.

Anyone who might have information relevant to the case is encouraged to call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 843-719-4465 or CrimeStoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.