SANTA ANA ( — A son is recounting his deaf father’s survival after he was attacked during a robbery spree.

Hector Reyna was the victim of a violent attack outside an El Pollo Loco Wednesday in Santa Ana.

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The suspect, police say, is a violent felon who was just released from jail.

Investigators say Stephen Edwards, 28, demanded money and was armed with a knife.

Ray Reyna says his dad was walking out of the fast-food chain when he was attacked.

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“I’m shocked. Shocked. I’m just glad my dad is OK,” Reyna said. “He told him he was deaf and didn’t understand what he was saying.”

Santa Ana Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Edwards has a “long criminal history.”

“This individual … who we last arrested on the fifth of this month for a probation violation, spent one day in jail,”  Bertagna said.

Police say Edwards also attacked a female code enforcement officer while she was inside a city truck. She tried to intervene.

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Edwards is also accused of attacking a responding officer with a lead pipe, breaking his arm, and head-butting another officer.