Owner of G.D. Ritzy’s out of hospital
HUNTINGTON - Mike Woelfel was sitting at his desk Friday afternoon when his secretary announced he had a visitor.
Much to his surprise, David Sidney “Sid” Torlone walked into his office.
The G.D. Ritzy’s owner is recovering from severe injuries suffered during an armed robbery and had been at a rehabilitation center in Atlanta but was released earlier than expected. According to Woelfel, Torlone has been highly motivated in his recovery.
During the April 28 robbery and attack at G.D. Ritzy’s in Huntington, Torlone was strangled and beaten over the head with a metal object after the suspect pulled a knife on him and forced him to open a safe.
“It’s like Lazarus really. He was very grievously ill,” Woelfel said.
Woelfel is a lifelong family friend and attorney for Torlone. The two attended St. Joseph Catholic School together.
Woelfel said Torlone is doing well but has a little way to go with his physical recovery. He said the two were able to argue a little bit about the Cleveland Browns.
“He’s still a Browns fan, but I guess some things are incurable,” Woelfel said jokingly.
Woelfel said the number of people who have reached out to him regarding Torlone’s condition over the past few months has been overwhelming.
“He’s just one of those people in the community who does really thoughtful, helpful things for people, but he really never says anything about it,” Woelfel said. “He’s touched thousands in a good way.”
The community has responded to Torlone’s thoughtfulness with acts of their own - Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House donated a portion of their Strawberry Pie Week profits toward Torlone’s recovery, raising a total of $6,000.
The man accused of robbing and attacking Torlone, Aaron Rafeal Ingram, 50, remains in Western Regional Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond awaiting trial. He is charged with attempted murder and robbery and has been in WRJ since his arrest in April. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in July.
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