MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- Mobile Police are searching for a suspect accused of punching a man's eyeball out of its socket and then causing it to explode.
Investigators said 37-year-old Justin Wesley Leverett is wanted for the attack that happened Saturday, April 20, in the area of Live Oak Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
People in the area known as "the Bottoms" say crime is pretty common place there but what police say happned Saturday is just plain gruesome.
"Things that you thought would only happen in Super hero action movies are happening everyday," said Pastor Marvin Lue, Jr, Pastor of Stewart Memorial CME Church which sits across from where police believe it happened.
In an email, police wrote, "During an argument, the suspect punched the victim in the face causing his eye to pop out of its socket. The suspect then punched the eyeball causing it to explode."
"Just so horrifying, so horrific, so graphic. It used to be, you get in a fight, you get a black eye, you get hit in the stomach you go home. Now people are losing limbs, people are losing vital organs," Pastor Lue explained.
Lue said crime is a major problem in that community especially down MLK. He said cleaning up "the Bottoms" is a part of his church's mission.
"We hope and pray that the violence ceases, people began to value life again. We focus so much on the murders but just acts of violence themselves are continuing to tear our community up in a way that's almost irreparable," he explained.
If you can help police find Leverett you're asked to call them at (251) 208-7211.