Jesse Rios says his life changed forever on Feb. 1, 2014.
He was taking the trash out after a day of work at Dairy Queen when a man with a bat attacked him from behind.
Paul Anthony Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday, charged with brutally attacking Rios and his boss, Lisa Cazares.
"I will never be the same after that," Rios said.
Rios says he can still remember that night, and Cazares yelling his name from inside the store as she was attacked with a metal bat.
"Now that I look back, I was just thrown out there - thrown out there on the pavement bleeding. And my boss was inside yelling out my name saying ‘Jesse! Jesse!' That's what I remember, my name being yelled out and bleeding out of my head," Rios said.
The scars from that night remain but Rios says it's not the physical battle that has been the hardest to overcome.
"I feel like my life has just been a devastation - like it was torn into pieces and it's not my fault." Rios said.
The path to recovery has offered challenge after challenge, but Rios says he's looking to the future with courage and strength.
"When they release me from here I plan on going back to Dairy Queen."
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