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Orlando police investigating attack on man at Semoran shopping center

Witnesses say man knocked unconscious at Lake Margaret shopping plaza

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police are investigating an attack on an older man who witnesses say was knocked to the ground Monday by a young man outside a shopping center on Semoran Boulevard.

An Orlando police spokesperson said officers went to the parking lot at 4014 South Semoran Blvd. at the Lake Fredrica Shopping Center to investigate a report of a battery incident. When police arrived at the shopping center they found the victim, a man in his 60s, lying on the ground, bleeding and disoriented.

Witnesses told News 6 the victim was knocked down in an unprovoked attack by a man in his 20s.They said the attacker stood in front of the victim's car and blocked him from driving away.

"The guy (victim) came out the car and said, 'What’s the matter with you, why’d you do that for?'"  witness Jennifer Pola said. 

Witnesses said at some point the man punched the victim in the temple and knocked him to the ground. Video of the incident shared with News 6 shows women running to stop the attacker and the victim lying facedown on the ground unconscious.

"He hit him one time and knocked him out cold," Pola said. "One punch that was all it took. He hit him dead in the temple, boom. He was out for at least two minutes."

"Call 911," someone repeated in the video.

"Are you (expletive) crazy? Are you (expletive) stupid?" another bystander said to the attacker.

Another witness said the attacker tried to hit her, too, when she intercepted him as he tried to leave.

Police have not yet released a clear motive.  People nearby said they were in shock. 

"The old man never threatened him in anyway or anything like that," Pola said. 

Bystanders took down information about the vehicle before the man drove away and got a clear picture of him.

Police said the man in the photo is a suspect and there have been no arrests in the case. Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call Orlando police or Crimeline.


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