Police are looking for a teenager who punched an elderly person in the face and filmed the attack on his phone.
Al Westmoreland’s bruises are still severe nearly a week after he was brutally attacked by a teenager on a bicycle near Jefferson High School.
“I stopped and he rode the bike to the front of my truck. The whole time he was holding his camera…on video,” he said Channel 2’s Tom Regan.
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Westmoreland said the teenager circled his van and pulled up in front of his truck. He came out to ask what was going on.
“He walked up to me, pointed the camera at my face. I just grabbed my hand, pushed the camera away and when I did, he hit me,” said the 74 year old man. “I hit the truck, the street. I don’t remember any of that.
Paramedics rushed him to hospital after the assault. He suffered a concussion, a broken bone and facial fractures.
He believes the teenager who attacked him filmed the violent stunt with the intention of posting it on a social media platform.
The police chief told Regan that his investigators are looking for the video.
“We monitor TikTok, all the apps these kids are using. we couldn’t identify anything that says yes, this is a TikTok challenge,” Chief Joseph Wirthman said.
Westmoreland said he didn’t want to see anyone else attacked, especially someone older and less fit than him.
“If someone is 80, 85 and not in good shape, it could have been very serious.”
Wirthman told Regan they were in the process of obtaining security camera footage from the nearby high school.
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