Another brutal assault has been caught on camera in The Bronx, this time involving a man who was sucker-punched and robbed after he was rendered unconscious.
The incident took place on June 18, when 37-year-old Fernando Levano was approached by two Hispanic males in the middle of a crosswalk at the intersection of Aqueduct Avenue and Buchanan Place.
Without warning, one man knocked Levano to the ground with a single punch, sending his limp body careening to the ground.
WANTED: Two Hispanic males for punching a 37-year-old man, knocking him unconscious at the intersection of Aqueduct Ave/Buchanan Pl #Bronx and then taking photos of him. Other ppl approached the man and took his cellphone and wallet out of his pocket. Help ID them #800577TIPS pic.twitter.com/gJEk2vCwiM
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 28, 2018
To add insult to injury, Levano’s body was soon pilfered by passersby, who stole his mobile phone and other personal effects. As this was going on, the man who attacked him cam back to snap a photo.
According to CBS Local, Levano has a fractured skull and brain swelling, leaving him with eyes that won’t open and an inability to communicate verbally.
“We don’t know how he’s going to react when he does get up. We hope he does get better,” Levano’s sister, Cristina Zuniga, told CBS. “I go every day since the first day I found out he was in the hospital and I’ve been there every day until he is over and I’m always going to be there until everything goes down, he gets justice.”
Levano’s neighbors describe him as a hardworking fixture of the community who didn’t deserve to be assaulted.
“He’s not that kind of person,” said neighbor Gary Small. “That shouldn’t have happened to him.”
According to police, the suspects from the initial assault were later seen by a nearby surveillance camera as they high-fived each other.
“They think it was funny to go back and record him,” Zuniga said. “Why the people around him couldn’t call 911 to protect him? Right now he’s in ICU, critical condition. Don’t know if he’s going to survive.”
Levano was saved by a public school maintenance worker, who called 911 and prevented cars from running him over.
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