A man who was filmed punching a stranger from behind and knocking him cold in a New York mall, leaving the victim unconscious, has been arrested.
Jaheim David, 21, has been charged with assault for the savage attack at Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn on Saturday, August 20.
David went to the 63rd district police station.
He was previously arrested on charges of domestic violence on June 24 after he allegedly punched his 20-year-old girlfriend in the face, cutting her lip according to police.
In the latest incident, surveillance video shows a man queuing when two men approached him from behind.
Surveillance footage captured the moment Jaheim David, 21, allegedly crouched down behind a man waiting in line at Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn and punched him in the side of the face.
The impact of the suction cup left the man unconscious on the ground. The suspect, Jaheim David, 21, has since surrendered
Surveillance video from inside the mall means the suspect was soon identified
The suspect, Jaheim David, 21, left, was seen walking through the mall with another man who was not involved in the attack
One of the men crouches behind the man and punches him in the side of the face, causing the 36-year-old victim to crash face down.
The pair then begin to walk away, only for the suspect in black shorts to return moments later to check on his work, leaving once he saw the still body of the man.
A woman can then be seen picking up the victim’s mobile phone leaving it near him, but no one else appeared to help her, including a security guard who appeared to be walking close by.
Paramedics took the victim to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in stable condition and he was later released.
Authorities say the unprovoked attack caused the victim “serious physical injuries”.
Police also say the victim did not appear to know his attackers and no words were exchanged between the two of them before the man punched him.
Additional security video from the mall shows David, in his black shorts, pushing the car park security barrier next to the mall to allow his driver to exit the car park without paying.
The victim remained motionless on the ground while the attacker and another man with him walked away from the scene
At one point a security guard could be seen entering the frame but casually walking away from the still body of the man
Authorities released video footage showing the suspect in black basketball shorts exiting in a black Honda Civic that evening. He held the gate open so he could leave without paying
The attack comes amid a major crime spike in the Big Apple, with crime rates up 36% from the same time last year
The attack comes amid a major crime spike in the Big Apple.
Overall crime is up 36% from a year ago, according to NYPD statistics, with felony assaults up nearly 20% from the same period a year earlier.
In fact, last Saturday’s unprovoked attack came just a week after similar surveillance footage captured the moment Bui Van Phu, 55, put on a pair of gloves and punched Jesus Cortes, 52, at the back of the head with great force.
Cortes immediately fell to the ground, appearing unconscious after hitting his head on the concrete. He suffered a fractured skull, broken cheekbone and brain bleeds, EMS transported him to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi on August 12.
An initial investigation revealed that Cortes “exited the restaurant, stopped and observed several individuals talking, at which point one individual exited the restaurant, put on a pair of gloves and positioned himself behind the victim. “.
“Without any prior conversation or altercation, the individual punched the victim in the face before returning to the restaurant and later to parts unknown,” an NYPD spokesperson said.
Authorities now say Cortes was in critical but stable condition after the altercation, but has since undergone brain surgery and was recently taken off a ventilator.
Meanwhile, the NYPD continues to investigate the brutal attack.
Saturday’s attack also came a week after Bui Van Phu, 55, was caught on surveillance footage randomly punching Jesus Cortes, 52, in the back of the head.
Cortes immediately fell to the ground, appearing unconscious after hitting his head on the concrete
Prior to the unprovoked attack, Phu was seen donning a pair of gloves
They previously arrested Phu on suspicion of attempted murder, but the district attorney later downgraded the charges to misdemeanors.
The prosecutor’s office defended itself by saying it was “still investigating” the shocking attack.
But New York Governor Kathy Hochul has since ordered he be returned to behind bars, and at a parole hearing on Saturday Phu was called an “imminent threat to the community”.
Phu was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but the district attorney later downgraded the charges to misdemeanors. He was on parole at the time of the attack
His parole officer, Nixa Rivera, spoke during his hearing: “Mr. Bui is a 55-year-old man with a persistent history of violent crime.
‘M. Bui is a Level Three Registered Sex Offender, the highest level on the Sex Offender Registry. Mr. Bui continues to be an imminent threat to the community.
Rivera added that Bui has lived in a shelter for six years and apparently has no family or ties to the community.
Her only job has been working the cash register at a nail salon for the past two years.
Alison Lowy, the Legal Aid Society lawyer assigned to Bui, said public pressure should not have made her charges more serious.
She added: ‘When this incident happened, the defendant called his parole officer and she told him to turn himself in, and he did.
However, Rivera said his criminal charges are likely to be escalated to felonies regardless.
At a parole hearing last Saturday, Phu was called an “imminent threat to the community”