76-Year-Old Army Vet Needed 2 Reconstructive Surgeries After Brutal Attack
June 20, 2014 11:45am PST
Police have released the surveillance video of a brutal attack on a 76-year-old Army veteran in hopes that it might help them find the suspect who attacked him.
Ron Torncello was on the phone with his disabled wife, trying to make home-care arrangements with her, when an unidentified man spotted him decided he didn’t like it.
According to TheBlaze, the man exited his vehicle in a CVS parking lot just outside of San Diego in El Cajon, then approached Torncello in his vehicle with the door open and punched him square in the face.
“You’re talking on the phone, and I’ve got you on video,” the man said according to Torncello.
Torncello replied to the man, “I don’t really care if you’ve got me on video or not.” He also told the man “get out of my face. Get out of the way.”
It was apparently at that point that the man lost his cool, for reasons unknown, and gave Torncello one solid punch to the face.
Torncello said that a “big guy” stepped in between him and his attacker, then “chewed the guy out and chased him off” before he could strike Torncello again.
Now police are hunting for the suspect after he fled the scene. He’s described as white and at least six feet tall with a muscular build. He also has facial hair in the form of a mustache or a goatee.
He was also driving a newer style SUV that was red and had a ball cap on with the letters “UFC” on the front. Police apparently talked to him as he fled the parking lot when he pointed them I the direction of the attack as if he were a witness.
The man’s punch was devastating to Torncello, who has had to have two reconstructive surgeries since the attack.
“I can’t see. I don’t have any feeling in my cheek. I can’t drive. I can’t do any of the things I did before,” he said. He also said that he has had difficulty sleeping ever since.
As of Friday the suspect still has not been apprehended and the San Diego Crime Stoppers has placed a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. However Torcello has added his own money to the reward to increase it to $2,500.
“I thought anything that would catch this guy I support. I mean, this guy needs to be put away,” he said.
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