May 13, 2014 1:25 pm

Updated: Former Riders GM Al Ford assaulted outside liquor store

A 29-year-old man has been arrested after former Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Al Ford was assaulted outside of a liquor store.

Tracy Ford

REGINA – Former Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Al Ford suffered a broken jaw and other injuries after being assaulted outside of a liquor store.

Police were called to the South Albert liquor outlet where it was reported that 70-year-old Ford was punched in the face after he refused to give up his purchase.

“Al’s not certain if it was just one or two [people] because he blacked out as he hit the pavement and it happened so quickly,” said Al Ford’s wife Sally.

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Police were able to locate and arrest 29-year-old Tyler Leon Joe Alexson later in the evening, but are still looking for a possible second suspect.

Alexson is charged with Robbery/Assault with Intent to Steal, and two charges of Breach of Recognizance.

A CT scan showed no brain injury but Ford has a broken right orbital bone and a hairline fracture in his left jaw.

Sally said people have been sending well wishes since the attack happened.

“We’ve had calls from Vegas, California and other places,” added Sally.

“It’s just things like that and it’s really gratifying and it’s very helpful in trying to understand what happened.”

Doctors say that Ford is in good shape and his injuries could have been a lot worse.

“Last night, when we were leaving and after we had sort of calmed down a bit from the trauma he said, ‘I just wish I was 40 year younger and had another two minutes’.”

Alexson will make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Regina.

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