The New York Police Department (NYPD) has released surveillance footage showing the moment an elderly man was attacked with a cane on a New York street. According to a report by New York Daily News, the unprovoked attack on the elderly man, later confirmed to be 91-year-old Juan Llorens of Inwood, Manhattan happened Friday evening on Broadway near W. 204 St. In the video, the attacker can be seen approaching the frail 5-foot-3 elderly man and violently push his shopping cart away. He then proceeds to attack him with his cane and manages to deliver one vicious blow – apparently directed at the rib cage of Llorens. The attacker, however, misses and seems to hit his ear. Meanwhile, a bystander who was standing just a few feet away notices what is happening and makes a heroic effort to stop the attacker in his tracks. Thanks to the effort of this good-samaritan, the attacker was unable to hit the victim any further and flees the spot. The police have released a string of videos in which the face of the attacker can be seen clearly. He is yet to be identified or arrested.
Meanwhile, others immediately came to the assistance of the nonagenarian following which he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Thankfully, Llorens only suffered a few bruises and was left with some stitches to his left ear. However, he believes it could have been much worse had the good Samaritan not intervened. In a brief interview with local media, Juan Llorens thanked everyone who came to his help and revealed he feared for his life when the attack happened. He also confirmed that the attack was unprovoked and that he did not know the young man who attacked him.
“This could have ended up as a homicide. He almost killed me… A man that’s just crazy. We didn’t know each other,” Llorens was quoted saying.
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Following the attack, Llorens was in pain and said he was not able to sleep all night.
“I’m very tired. I’ve been having trouble sleeping all night.”
Meanwhile, local residents were left shocked by the manner in which the elderly man was attacked. 60-year-old Morty Vaughan who lives close to Llorens said people from the neighborhood are still looking for the suspect.
“How can a kid do this? Young punks. I heard a bunch of people in the neighborhood are looking for him. I hope they get him before the cops get him. He deserves a beatdown.”
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Another resident from the area, 46-year-old Mary Hallinan said that Llorens is making fast progress and should be fine soon. She also described him as fiercely independent.
“Right now, he’s a little shaken up. Everyone in the neighborhood knows him… I’ve known him pretty much all my life. And he won’t let you help him. He’s independent.”
Originally from Cuba, Juan Llorens has been living in the area for more than fifty years. According to his neighbors, Juan spends his day collecting cans from residents for recycling. In fact, most of the residents set aside their stuff for recycling to help Llorens. Everyone in the neighborhood is hopeful that the attacker is caught soon and justice is delivered.
Meanwhile, the NYPD is still searching for the attacker who has since then been described as a dark-skilled individual, between 20 and 30 years old. He is estimated to be between 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10 in height and weighs around 150 pounds. At the time of the attack, he was seen wearing headphones over a blue Yankees baseball cap, a black shirt over a gray long-sleeved shirt, blue pants with checker box print and black sneakers. If anyone has information about the attacker, please call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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