38-Year-Old Victim Remains In Coma After Juna 8 Assault

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A married father of two is in a coma after he was punched in the face while riding his bike in Brooklyn earlier this month, police said.

Surveillance video obtained exclusively by CBS2 shows what looks to be an unprovoked, random attack on 38-year-old Domingo Tapia in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The video shows Tapia riding his bike across Albany Avenue on Fulton Street just before 1:30 a.m. back on June 8 when the suspect crosses his path, and punches him in the face, CBS2’s Reena Roy reported.

The suspect and his friend casually walk away as Tapia falls to the ground, slamming his head on the concrete, Roy reported. 

Witnesses made their way to the victim’s side and called 911 as they noticed him lying on the street corner, not moving.

Police say he was rushed in an ambulance to Kings County Hospital where he is in critical condition, unconscious with severe head trauma.

Tapia’s wife told Roy he was going into surgery Friday night for the second time in a week.

No matter how hard Esther Diaz tries, her husband of 13 years is unresponsive. She said she tried to ask him what happened, but he has yet to wake up and explain. Their children, just five and seven years old, are left wondering where their father has been.

She said her husband means everything to her and her children.

The NYPD has released three surveillance images of the suspect.

Police describe him as a black man in his mid-20s with an athletic build and a beard. He was last seen wearing sweatpants, sandals, a Nike baseball cap and a long sleeve shirt with the letter “G” on the front.

Sarah, a family friend, said Tapia is from Mexico, works at a fruit stand and gets around by bike. She said his wife is distraught and has been spending every moment she can with him in the hospital. Sarah said one of the children’s schools is taking up a collection to help the family.

“I think he was the breadwinner, so there’s no income now,” Sarah said.

Kimberly Bido, who works at a nearby deli, said the suspect comes into the store often. She told Roy she’s been working in the area for over a decade and has never seen anything like this. 

“For no reason getting attacked like that nobody deserves that,” Bido said. “Hearing something like that is devastating and I can only imagine how hurt his family is feeling.”

“They look like a good family. He always picks them up from school, it’s sad,” said Luis Reyes, who also knows the family.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Comments (34)
  1. I’m sorry, my eyes are bad; I didn’t see what the perp looked like. Could someone please repeat what race the reporter gave in the description?

  2. Obama voter having fun. Hope they catch him a lock him up for good.

  3. Even though they represent a small number of people in the country well all knew who the perp would be because in all these stories is the the same group.
    And when they fill up our prisons we are accused of “picking on them.”
    God bless the bikers family.

  4. Another Clintern on the loose.

  5. the local behavior in NYC is sinking to a new low thanks to the wonderful leadership coming from the mayor’s office

    1. John Gray says:

      this mayor ain’t helping things. But NYC has been getting a steady run of this crap—well forever. Think the judges could do the most good, cause the most he will serve is 3-5 years–and that’s WITH a long rap sheet.

  6. African-American…. World’s greatest OXYMORON!

  7. Julio Pezuka says:

    Why do the leaches bite the hand that feeds them? CBS New York, is there some way we can help this family? This is the kind of immigrant that should be here and we should be helping this family.

  8. Neo Kong says:

    Local indigenous population sharing their culture.

  9. Ken Pittman says:

    That punk will get caught and now he’ll have more fights than he could ask for in jail. swinging like that? little girl. That guy got hurt by the collision on the wall, not that sissy swing.

  10. What rational person would choose the live in the cesspool called NYC???????

  11. If Obama has a son ……..

    1. And WHY do we hate primates so??? Their behavior is subhuman. Disgusting. We weren’t BORN to hate them…….they EARNED it…..BLM????

  12. Susan Vue says:

    Diversity in action

    1. You got that right. hate crime pure and simple.

  13. Paul B. says:

    Please, find this guy and lock him up for 60 years.

    1. John Gray says:

      If they catch him and if convicted he will be out in 5 years max. Even if he has priors. That’s the real scandal.

      1. they do in democRat states….cause they don’t care about the law, only who will vote for them.

  14. Isaac Joel says:

    Sounds like a charge of involuntary manslaughter for the attacker.

  15. Society really needs to rid itself of those things. Dissolve them in acid and be done with it.

    1. Ralph Davis says:

      Very slowly, starting with the toes.

    2. it’s the year 2017 and humans have not evolved any further. So sad.

  16. Ad Jacksonville Florida to the list. I was intentionally run over by a pick up truck while riding my bicycle alone. Spent a week in the hospital. Left on the side of the road to die. I will require surgery.

    1. How awful! I’m so sorry this happened to you. Best of luck.

  17. I was surprised that the TV reporter described the perp accurately, until she completely missed that he was ‘Amish’.

  18. “Kimberly Bido, who works at a nearby deli, said the suspect comes into the store often.”
    Well, for Kimberly’s sake, let’s hope the suspect is illiterate!

    1. Not to worry, CBS2 has video of Kimberly Bido making her statement.

  19. Doug Maenpaa says:

    Hang this thug high, the Police will catch him soon.

  20. David Alster says:

    Was this a hate crime?

  21. I am going to go out on a limb here and guess the assailant is not a Republican.

    1. Rice Glanmod says:

      NO, but you can make a bet that attempt will be made to blame it on Trump for his anti-illegal immigrant position.

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