NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD made an arrest in a brutal beating that was streamed on social media.
Lytee Knox-Hundley, 31, is charged with attacking a man twice his age in a Brooklyn apartment building, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported Sunday.
Police released a photo that shows a person believed to be the suspect winding up to punch a 62-year-old man in the head. It’s a screenshot because video of the attack streamed on Facebook Live is too violent to share.
“Instead of taking out your camera and recording it, you could’ve called police, tried to stop the situation,” neighbor Vianca Phillips said.
The blows knocked the victim to the floor. He is then punched and stomped repeatedly in the face. The suspect even spits on him.
“I couldn’t believe that,” neighbor Gilberto Graham said. “I was watching it on my phone this morning. I said that couldn’t be him. That’s my friend. He don’t bother nobody.”
“He’s a good dude,” Roy Parham said of the victim. “He don’t do nothing to nobody. He shows a lot of love out here. He didn’t deserve that.”
The attack happened in the lobby of a New York City Housing Authority building at 77 Tompkins Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Friday evening. There were at least three witnesses, but only one man stepped up to try to intervene, CBS2’s Cline-Thomas reported.
“I can’t believe that somebody would assault that old man like that. He’s really a sweet guy,” neighbor Malika Spruill said.
That was the consensus among neighbors. Meanwhile, police continued their investigation, followed leads and made an arrest.
Knox-Hundley has been charged with two counts of assault. Medics responded and rushed the victim to NYC Health+Hospitals/Woodhull where he was treated for a broken nose and eye socket.