Warning: Distressing Content
The hunt is on for a group of teenagers who callously sucker punched a disabled man in the head twice.
A viral video is circulating on Facebook after the victim’s friend shared a plea via social media to track down and punish these violent young men.
You can watch the disturbing footage below:
Gerald Andrews Sr.: Pls help me share this This guy is a friend of mine who happens to be mentally challenged Smfh ??????
Posted by Back the Blue on Tuesday, 6 June 2017
The group of at least six teens can be seen taunting and distracting an older gentleman, whose friend described him as having a learning disability, before beating him.
Just moments after the victim was captured in the footage laughing and smiling, he is violently attacked by those surrounding him. One assailant punches him in the jaw, and moments later another joins in to deliver a dangerous blow to his ear.
The man is visibly shocked and hurt, and he reels away from the unprovoked attack, which occurred on the streets of Philadelphia.
Gerald Andrews Sr., the 48-year-old who shared the video on Facebook, told Philly.com the victim is called Mark and is a co-worker of his at a ShopRite in Cheltenham.
Andrews Sr. added:
He keeps that smile on his face. He wants to talk sports. He’s a good guy. It’s heartbreaking.
Detectives are now investigating the assault. Although all the perpetrators are visible in the video, police do not yet know who they are. They are now hoping members of the public will come forward to help authorities identify them.
Police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp said:
Obviously, what is depicted in the video is very disturbing. We would implore anyone who has info on the video, or who knows the identity of the victim to reach out to police.
Hopefully the assailants will be brought to justice and Mark makes a full recovery.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.