This is simply a case of aggravated battery at the very minimum. An elderly man of 83 years Valentine Hernandez was minding his own business, on his way home from making the rounds in his Bronx neighborhood where he’s lived for decades.
He was standing at a street corner when a younger, larger man sucker punched him and fled the scene.
Hernandez fell to the ground unconscious. He sustained lacerations to the head and several fractures in his face. He’s in the hospital trying to recover, but is in critical condition.
“Never seen him that way. He was just there unconscious,” Valentine’s son Miguel Santos said. “It seems like he’s trying to wake up but he can’t. He can’t open his eyes, can’t open his left eye at all. It’s swollen shut.”
Miguel and the police are unsure as to what the motive behind the attack was, since the suspect left behind all of Valentine’s money and credit cards. “Everything is still here, even cash was still in his pocket,” said Santos. “Everything is still here, credit cards.”
I think we’ve seen these attacks enough to know that they’re not motivated by money. They’re either bored or were dared to do it. Or both. Nothing to do with money. They just for whatever reason like the idea of inflicting pain on innocent and defenseless people.
“It’s the youth today, you know, and it’s unfortunate that these things is happening,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “That’s what they do. They prey on the defenseless.”
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, about 5’9″ and 260 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a multi-colored sweater, blue jeans and yellow work boots.
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