An elderly California man was hospitalized in critical condition after being brutally beaten outside of a restaurant.
According to reports, 83-year-old Tuyen Nguyen was attacked in the parking lot of Emerald Bay Restaurant in Santa Ana on the morning of Sept. 25 around 6:10 a.m.
Authorities said a young man approached Nguyen, threw a left hook, and then beat him to the ground, before kicking and punching him in the head repeatedly.
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The brutal mugging, which was caught on surveillance video, left Nguyen with a brain hemorrhage, broken eye socket, and broken cheekbone.
“The guy was there to just get a cup of coffee and read his newspaper," Corporal Anthony Bertagna said. "It [the attack] was out of no where.”
Nguyen was brought to the hospital in critical yet stable condition.
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“I'm still in shock,” his son, Peter Nguyen, said. “I still can't believe this would happen to my family, especially to my father. He is the nicest individual — the last one that you could think something like this would happen to."
Police subsequently arrested 29-year-old Demarrea Chante Barnes and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, as well as assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury. Barnes is believed to be a transient.
Nguyen’s daughter said she believes her father would forgive his attacker, despite the terrifying injuries he sustained.
“My dad is a forgiving man too,” she said. "Deep down I know he doesn't hold grudges.”