Police in Boston have arrested a man that they say stole the cane of a 44-year-old man with Cerebral Palsy and brutally beat him with it at a subway stop over the weekend.
Surveillance video shows the suspect Miquel Velasquez grab Chris Johnson’s cane, wind up, and start to beat him with it. Velasquez first hit Johnson in the head and then once in the chest before taking off from the scene.
The attack happened around 11 p.m. on Saturday night at the MBTA Red Line in South Boston. Johnson says that he is lucky he wasn’t in worse circumstances.
“It could have been worse,” said Johnson. “He could have beat me to death.”
Johnson says what angers him even more than being randomly beaten is that there were two people watching it happen nearby, but neither attempted to help him.
“They didn’t jump on their phone,” said Johnson. “I was the one who called 911.”
Johnson says that he wanted to bring his story public so that the perpetrator could be apprehended and he could feel safe again.
“This is where I live and lay my head. I deserve to be safe,” said Johnson.
Velasquez is in police custody and is scheduled to be arraigned in a Boston court this week. Police say there is no clear motive to explain why he attacked Johnson, but they do say there’s a chance he could have been intoxicated.