NAPOLEONVILLE – Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies said Thursday they are still searching for the assailant who attacked and robbed an 88-year-old man in a cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s investigators recovered an undisclosed “key piece of evidence” that has been sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, deputies said in a news release.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Thursday the evidence, which he would not describe, is being tested for DNA.

The victim told deputies he was attacked shortly before 3:58 p.m. Tuesday by an unknown man who put him in a choke hold from behind and took his wallet, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim was working at St. Ann Catholic Church Cemetery in Napoleonville, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The man had just finished pressure-washing a tomb and was loading equipment into his truck when the robbery happened.

The attacker took the victim’s wallet, pushed the victim to the ground, deputies said, adding that the victim injured his arm on a nearby tomb. The attacker then ran away.

The victim was taken to Assumption Community Hospital in Napoleonville, treated and released, deputies said.

Anyone with information on this matter should call Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at (800) 743-7433.