WABC-TV broadcast an exclusive report Monday night about an attack in broad daylight on a 67 year old white man by a Black man who jumped him from behind and viciously beat him as the man crumpled on the sidewalk–while another Black man kept a lookout.
The victim, William King, was walking through the Bronx neighborhood he has lived in for forty years. King told WABC he had always felt safe in his neighborhood—until now.
King described his injuries:
“”I got a cut above over my eyelid, and the side of my face is numb – I can’t open my mouth that well and I had a lump the size of a baseball on the side of my head,” says King.”
King said he believes the attack was racially motivated:
“”I believe it was a racial attack – they weren’t trying to rob me, I had money on me and my wallet and all. They weren’t trying to rob me,” adds King.”
A surveillance video captured the attack. As King walked down the sidewalk alone around 2 p.m. last Saturday a Black man came up from behind him and wrapped an arm around his throat pulling him down.
King described it as a “choke hold.”
As King went down on the sidewalk the Black man started beating him with his fists. King tried to crawl away to a space between two parked cars. The Black man continued beating him and tried to pull him back on the sidewalk.
Another Black man, who was acting as a lookout, can be seen crossing the street walking up to where King was being beaten. Instead of helping his brother man by trying to stop the attack, the man walked off with the attacker leaving King in the gutter.
King described his attackers to WABC:
“King says that he believes the suspects are animals.
“”They’re animals. They’re not human – they’re not human at all,” he says.”
WABC included a plea by police for help in solving the case:
“If you have any tips on the suspect or the assault, police are urging the public to call Crime Stoppers at 1800 577 TIPS”