Saul Nunez, a 19-year-old New York City teen, was arrested on Saturday, June 3, after he was seen beating an elderly man with a cane in an unprovoked attack.
According to police, Nunez, 19, from the Bronx, was charged with two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The NYPD said the attack occurred at around 6 PM on Friday, June 2.
The sidewalk was bustling with commuters when the suspect was caught on surveillance video near west 204th Street carrying a cane.
The suspect appeared to turned off camera when he apparently spotted the 90-year-old victim pushing a shopping a cart. He then proceeded to kick elderly man’s cart before beating him over the head with his cane, police said.
A good Samaritan stepped in to thwart the attack, prompting the suspect to flee westbound on Broadway. Almost everyone in the neighborhood knows Llorens as a beloved bottle collector, so it’s no surprise several bystanders rushed to help when he was hit.
Surveillance footage shows Nunez approach Juan Llorens, 91, before kicking him and striking him on the side of his head with a cane. Llorens suffered a bloody gash on his ear that required stitches.
As for Nunez, he was arrested on Saturday and charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Nunez is being held at Bellevue Hospital and was arraigned on Sunday.
Llorens told CBS he’s been collecting bottles and cans on that block for thirty years.