NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 37-year-old man was speaking out Wednesday, after he was brutally beaten by four men inside a Brooklyn restaurant after offering them a gesture of kindness.
Authorities are hoping new surveillance video will help them find the suspects.
Joseph Molohon, 37, was severely injured after four men punched, kicked, and hit him with his cane at Texas Chicken and Burgers on Ocean Avenue on March 1, authorities say.
It was like reliving the brutal beating all over again as Molohon watched the video of his own attack.
“I saw it and I said, ‘Oh my God,’ and I started crying,” he said. “I feel like they beat the hell out of me.”
Molohon said he offered to help two of the men pay for their meal at the restaurant before he was attacked.
“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 CBS2’s Erin Logan in an exclusive interview.
Instead of a thank you, Molohon got a severe beating. Two more men joined the first pair, dragging Molohon out of his booth, kicking him in the head and body and beating him with his cane, causing fractures and lacerations.
“They fractured the middle of my nose, went straight down, busted my head and they busted my
His cheek is also fractured and sunken in, Logan reported. And it didn’t stop there.
Surveillance video of the incident showed a fifth man apparently trying to steal Molohon’s wallet before fleeing the scene.
“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.”
Molohon was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
He said he didn’t recognize the suspects before the attack.
“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 says based on this terrifying experience, he’s afraid to leave his Brooklyn apartment until these men are behind bars.
Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 577-TIPS, logging on to their website at www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. Tips can remain anonymous.