"I have two fractured jaws:" Milwaukee contractor hospitalized after attempting to confront thieves

MILWAUKEE -- His tools were stolen when he tried to confront the bad guys -- one Milwaukee contractor was then hit by the suspects car. Now, he is taking a break from his recovery to share his story exclusively with FOX6 News.

Rob Binter

"I came to in the hospital," said Rob Binter.

Monday morning, February 1st while working at a job site near 2nd and National, someone stole roughly $700 worth of tools from contractor Rob Binter's work van.

After pursuing the suspect's vehicle for several blocks, surveillance video catches Binter and the corralled car.

"I kind of just got out, you know, in a hurry and walked up to him," said Binter.

Rob Binter

What the edited video does not show is the vehicle striking Binter, and leaving his bloodied body lying in the street.

"I think I went over the top of his, of his car. I have two fractured jaws on the top and two skull fractures," said Binter.

Hospitalized until Thursday, the Binter continues recovering at home this weekend.

"Still have some, a lot of pain in the head but besides that,I can feel that I'm making progress," Binter said.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee police continue their search for a suspect and a black Nissan Altima.

As for being bitter, Binter explains, while he wants the thief caught, he simply does not have the energy to do anything other than recover. And thank the legions of family and friends who are helping him during his greatest time of need.

Rob Binter recovering at home

"That's just been insane, you know, the amount of people that have reached out and contacted me and wished for me to get better," said Binter.

Binter's friends and family are hosting a fundraiser to help him cover medical expenses. They'll gather Wauwatosa's Cafe Hollander Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. -- all are invited.

They've also created a GoFundMe account for Rob Binter's medical and reward money.