PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - After two-and-a-half months fighting for his life in the hospital, a Palm Beach Gardens security guard has died from injuries he received after being assaulted.
Palm Beach Gardens Police have now launched a homicide investigation into the death of 61-year-old Jacques Novembre.
Officers say on July 14 around 1 a.m., the 61-year-old unarmed guard was beaten badly while trying to stop a metal theft from happening in the back of Promenade Shopping Plaza.
On September 29, doctors told Novembre's family members he had died from his injuries.
Police say the thieves were trying to steal backflow prevention devices which are pipes on the back of businesses that filter water and contain copper.
Thieves have been targeting metals like copper to sell for scrap and earn cash.
They say Novembre was about 6'2' tall, weighed 220 pounds and loved his job. Because of his size, investigators speculate more than one person may have been involved in his death.
Investigators don't have many leads and are now asking for the public's help. So is Novembre's widow, Arianne, who was distraught at Monday's news conference.
"He was a very nice friendly person. I don't know why anybody would do that to him. Please, anybody," she said before covering her face and crying. She then added, "If anybody knows something, please step forward."
Police have few leads and ask anyone with information to contact the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458 TIPS.