Authorities arrested a 21-year-old skateboarder in connection with a brutal — and seemingly random — attack on an elderly man in Newark, New Jersey.
The attack took place in broad daylight on a public street earlier this month.
What are the details?
The suspect, identified as Tyjihad Ellison, was reportedly riding a skateboard on the streets of Newark on Feb. 11 when he reportedly approached a 73-year-old man walking the streets with his elderly wife — and threw a punch that knocked him out cold.
Video showed the moment a suspect rode up behind the victim and his wife and sucker-punched the male victim. Video showed the elderly man collapse to the ground as the suspect appeared to pick something up from the ground. The suspect then quickly fled the scene.
First responders rushed the elderly man to nearby University Hospital for treatment and were able to catch up with the suspect, whom they arrested without incident.
The unnamed elderly victim’s daughter, who remains unnamed at the time of this reporting, told WABC-TV that her father was treated for his injuries and released home to recover.
“When he woke up, he just kept asking what happened to him,” she told the station in a statement on the senseless attack. “Because he doesn’t remember anything that happened.”
She added that her parents — who have lived in the area their entire lives — are now afraid to leave their home.
“You know, in this area, we think it’s safe, but it’s not. They don’t want to leave the house any more. They’re so scared,” she added. “I feel sick, very sick, very sad, and I don’t know what do to, what to say.”
WKXW-FM reported that Ellison reportedly suffers from an undisclosed mental illness.
He has been charged with aggravated assault.
Content warning: disturbing video of an assault:
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(H/T: The Police Tribune)