The suspect in Friday’s brutal cane attack on a 90-year-old man in Inwood was arrested last night, the NYPD announced to source.
According to police, 19-year-old Saul Nunez of the Bronx was taken into custody last night and charged with two counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly striking a 90-year-old man in the head with a cane on Friday night.
The 90-year-old man, identified as Juan Llorens, is a bottle collector known around the block where the attack happened according to CBS. Llorens told a reporter with the channel that the attack left him deaf in one ear, and that he had no idea who Nunez was before Nunez allegedly assaulted him.
“Everyone knows him as like the grandfather,” a witness told CBS. “If something happens, I’m not going to let this guy get attacked.”
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The Post had further background on Llorens, who was a former history teacher in Cuba before emigrating to the United States, where he worked as a butcher in Harlem. Llorens also told the paper about the attack, telling a reporter “They hit me with a big bat. I don’t know who it was. He was young and skinny. He just kept beating me…I don’t understand how someone can just attack someone like that. This is someone who is very dangerous.”
ABC7 had a pair of surveillance videos of the attack, one that showed a different angle of the assault and its aftermath as witnesses aided the victim and another that showed a bystander chase the suspect while another person on the sidewalk took a wild swing at the fleeing perp.