Elderly Man Severely Beaten in Movie Theater for Asking to Sit in His Reserved Seats

An elderly man was severely beaten at a movie theater in Florida after he asked a young couple to move from their reserved seats.

Mark Cohen (63) purchased Tickets for reserved seating at the AMC Theater in Pompano Beach, Florida. But when he got to that section, he found Jesse Montez Thorton II, 27, already sitting there, the newspaper reported. daily mail.

Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Claudine Caro said in a statement: [the victim] When he and his wife arrived at the movie theater, he noticed an unknown adult male and adult female sitting in the seats. [The victim] Politely asked subject Jesse Montez Thorton II to leave his seat. Witnesses said Thorton became hostile from then on. ”

Video of the July 10 attack shows the man, identified as Thorton, quickly becoming hostile after Cohen asks the couple to leave.

Cohen staggered back as the suspect became agitated. According to the video, the young man then immediately began hitting the old man with repeated haymaking.

Bystanders panicked and tried to separate the two men, but the man, identified as Thorton, quickly left the theater.

“I don’t understand how people act like that. There’s no civility anymore,” said the victim who was beaten. Said WPLG-TV.

Cohen added that when he asked Thorton to leave, “Mr. Thorton said, ‘Run to your wife.'” I said, “You suck, acting like this.” ”

The legal seat holder said Thorton yelled, “Are you going to fight?” and began punching him.

“When I was on the stairs, he kept hitting me in the head and I couldn’t get him away from me,” Cohen said.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Caro said investigators had been working for several months to identify the suspect.

“BSO detectives worked on this case for months,” Caro reported. “Video and information about this callous attack attracted national and international media attention and generated information, including an anonymous tip through Broward Crime Stoppers.”

Thorton was taken into custody on September 28 and is being held at the Broward County Main Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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