Homeless Beating Victim Speaks Out As NJ Residents Offer Helping Hand
BELMAR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There has been an outpouring of support for a New Jersey homeless man allegedly beaten by two young men, who posted the video on YouTube.
David Ivins, homeless and a drinker, said he remembers the beating that took place more than a weeks ago. It allegedly happened at the hands of two young people — a 17-year-old being charged a juvenile and 20-year-old Taylor Giresi.
“No good people, man. No good kids or youngsters,” Ivins told CBS 2’s John Slattery on Wednesday. “I think they should go away man.”
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Video of the beating became an Internet sensation. The two accused allegedly stole the 50-year-old’s bicycle and face charges that include aggravated assault.
“Scared me man — kicking me in the face and kicking me in the chest,” Ivins said.
The extensive publicity resulted in a motel offering Ivins a room for two weeks. Donation jars have also sprung up around the area. The Borough of Belmar is coordinating donations so that funds can be spent on shelter, clothing and food for Ivins without him handling the money.
“The outpouring has been amazing, both inside of Belmar and outside of Belmar,” Mayor Matthew Doherty said.
Strangers stopped by to invite Ivins to their home for Christmas, but he has other plans. His sister will be taking him in for the holidays.
“I’m going to my mom’s, people that support me. I’m going get into a program, met a friend today who’s gonna find me work when I get back,” he said.
The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents. The 20-year-old is still in jail because his family is unable to come up with the bail that’s more than $100,000.
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