NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police say a suspect has turned himself in for sucker-punching a man in the Bronx and leaving the victim unconscious in the street.

The entire incident was caught on surveillance video. It happened at the intersection of Aqueduct Avenue and Buchanan Place in University Heights on June 18. The victim was then robbed by another group of people following the attack.

The surveillance video shows two men approaching 37-year-old Fernando Levano in the street. That’s when police said one of the men punches Levano so hard, he drops to the ground unconscious.

Investigators say Luis Rivera surrendered to police Thursday afternoon in connection with the assault. The video also shows another person stealing Levano’s cell phone and other belongings after the attack.

Police said the man who threw the punch then returned and took cell phone photos of the victim lying in the street before both groups of people left the scene.

The victim’s sister, Cristina Zuniga, showed CBS2’s Clark Fouraker photos of her brother. She says he has a fractured skull and brain swelling. He’s unable to open his eyes or speak with his family.

“We don’t know how he’s going to react when he does get up. We hope he does get better,” she said. “I go every day since the first day I found out he was in the hospital and I’ve been there every day until he is over and I’m always going to be there until everything goes down, he gets justice.”

Neighbors describe Levano as a hard working father who had lived in the same area of the Bronx for more than 30 years.

“He’s not that kind of person,” said neighbor Gary Small. “That shouldn’t have happened to him.”

“I don’t know who did it and why they did it,” said neighbor Marita Frett. “I watched him grow up right here.”

Police said the Rivera and the other assault suspect were later caught on surveillance cameras on 183rd Street giving each other a high five.

“They think it was funny to go back and record him,” Zuniga said. “Why the people around him couldn’t call 911 to protect him? Right now he’s in ICU, critical condition. Don’t know if he’s going to survive.”

The family said a maintenance worker from a public school a couple blocks away eventually did call 911 and protected Levano from being hit by any cars.

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), visit or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Comments (31)
  1. NYC needs to be nuked! The place is unrecoverable!!!!!

  2. La Jacks says:

    SHOCKING. A WORTHLESS POS LOW LIFE n^&&#! did it. NYC is nothing but a CESSPOOL of 5HIT. Just like LA and SF.

  3. This is a problem that is only going to grow, NYC is a breeding ground for the left and they will do nothing to protect people from violence, I know NY, I was born and raised there but as it became a sewer hole full of liberal maggots I left, it’s not the NY of old that most people think of.
    They will vote for socialist Cortez and extol her virtues of socialism, but when it comes time to pay for their socialist ideas it will be others around the country that the libs will tax; and meanwhile people will still continue to be attacked with the liberals making up excuses for the perpetrators.

  4. 2nd degree assault? Are they kidding? This was attempted murder. Animals.

  5. That’s why you need to carry a loaded weapon and don’t be afraid to use it.

  6. Robert Quinn says:

    Surprise…surprise !! (Said like Gomer Pile )

  7. People say there is a RACE problem. People say this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY and ONLY into White countries.

    People say the only solution to the RACE problem is if ALL and ONLY White countries “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against White people, Anti-Whites agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  8. Susan Bolle says:

    So much potential in everyone. Just can’t comprehend the mindset of sociopaths who have no soul.

  9. The perps should get their hands chopped off. Sadly, our society would say that the penalty I have in mind is medieval.

  10. iratenate says:

    “other people”? Those weren’t people….

  11. No CCWs here,so robbers are emboldened ………….

  12. Tommy A says:

    The cesspool city.

  13. Peter Mohan says:

    Looks like it’s back to the ’60s for the Big Apple.

  14. The town so nice, they named it twice.

  15. Mike Gilmer says:

    Just more of the good Democrats with a spark of the divine per Nancy Pelosi.

  16. I never use this word – except for when I see this kind of thing – even then I cannot type it. But these perps are absolutely deserving of the derision it brings upon them. Filthy street vermin sort of fits too.

  17. The crime problem in NYC and a large portion of the country’s illegal immigration problem could both be quickly solved with application of a low yield nuclear device.

  18. Two Freelance Reparations Squads

  19. Reverse the races = National News

    1. Polar bear hunting season is now open. No permit required.

  20. Democrats just being Democrats. Sorry to see Rudy see all his good work going to waste.

  21. Did you really have to guess? For thousands more of these wildly out of proportion attacks & other crimes of ‘the fellas’, check out Colin Flaherty on Minds dot com, *THOUSANDS!*

  22. This is exactly what president Trump meant when he referred to some as ‘animals’.

  23. If the victim is a Democrat, he deserves what he got! 🙂

  24. New York City is the third world, folks. Avoid it like the plague.

  25. Anton Mikofsky says:

    gang initiation

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