A man says he was attacked and left beaten after he offered to pay for the meal of two men at a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, New York (video below).
The incident occurred March 1 when Joseph Molohon, 37, says he offered to help pay for a meal ordered by a pair of men behind him at the Texas Chicken and Burgers restaurant. He thought the two men did not have enough cash to buy the food and were asking for help.
"I heard someone come in and ask for some money for something to eat -- someone told them no and I heard them and I turned around and I said ‘I’ll help you,'" Molohon told WCBS.
Police say the two men then dragged Molohon out of the booth he was sitting in and began hitting him with their fists as well as Molohon's own cane. Shortly after the altercation began, two more men entered the restaurant to continue the assault.
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Surveillance video captured the attack, as well as another man entering the restaurant after the four attackers had left to remove belongings from Molohon's pockets. The video shows four men kicking Molohon in his head and torso, as well as other areas.
"The wallet was on my other side,” Molohon said. "I was laying on it and I had almost $1,000 in it. They didn’t get that."
The NYPD is looking for the four suspects in the alleged gang-style assault in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Molohon was taken to hospital, where he was treated for broken bones, cuts and bruises.
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"They fractured the middle of my nose, went straight down, busted my head and they busted my eyebrow," Molohon told WCBS.
At the time of the attack, some customers looked on while others intervened. It is not known if other people had injuries as a result of the attack.
Surveillance video captured the incident as well as the four suspects' faces, all of whom are wanted by the NYPD for questioning.
"It’s just wrong, disgusting, and I don’t know why they would do something [like that]," Molohon said. "I’m a good person. I’m good to everyone." Molohon also says he feels afraid to leave his Brooklyn apartment until the men are in custody.
Brooklyn is rated safer than 37 percent of U.S. cities by NeighborhoodScout, and experiences slightly higher than average property crime rates compared to the rest of New York state. The site says 19.64 property crimes occur per 1,000 residents.