A video shows a 91-year-old man attacked randomly by a young man wielding a cane in Manhattan, reports the New York Post.
The unprovoked attack happened Friday evening just before 6 p.m. as Juan Llorens was walking down the sidewalk on Broadway. The surveillance video obtained by the New York Post shows a young man, described as being in his 20s or 30s, suddenly kick the shopping cart Llorens was pushing down the sidewalk. The attacker holds a walking cane in both hands like a baseball bat and aims for Llorens’ head.
Llorens told the New York Post that he didn’t know his attacker.
“They hit me with a big bat. I don’t know who it was. He was young and skinny. He just kept beating me.”
Witnesses of the brutal assault intervened, but the young man was able to get away. Llorens was taken to a hospital where he received stitches on his left ear and the side of his head.
Llorens told the Daily News that he could have died in the attack.
“This could have ended up as a homicide. He almost killed me … A man that’s just crazy. We didn’t know each other.”
Neighbors describe Llorens as a pillar in the neighborhood, having lived in his apartment since 1983. Mary Hallinan says she’s known the 91-year-old for years, and that though he’s old, he won’t accept any help.
“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.”
His 53-year-old son, also named Juan, says his father is very shaken up from the attack, and that he’s “intimidated” and “a little nervous,” but he won’t go to the hospital again, though the stitches in his ear have been bleeding. He said his dad is “a tough guy.”
Police describe the attacker as being between 20 and 30 years old. He is around 5 foot 10 and 150 pounds. He was seen wearing headphones, a blue New York Yankees cap, a black T-shirt over a gray long-sleeved shirt, blue pants with checker-box print and black sneakers at the time of the attack.
Photo: Surveillance camera screenshot