Florida moviegoer beaten after asking couple to move from his reserved, VIP seats in ‘callous’ attack

At a movie theater in Florida, a simple request for moviegoers to sit in their designated seats led to a brawl that was caught on camera.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office releases cell phone video of an altercation that shows 27-year-old Jesse Montez Thorton II violently attacking 63-year-old Mark Cohen at the AMC Theater in Pompano Beach on July 10. did.

Cellphone video footage captured the moment a 27-year-old man attacked a 63-year-old man while sitting in a movie theater seat. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities said Cohen told police he bought VIP tickets for himself and his wife, which included advance tickets to the movie.

His fun movie date quickly turns sour when he notices Thorton and another woman sitting in his VIP seat. Police said Thorton became “hostile” after politely asking them to move.

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Video footage of the exchange shows Thorton standing up and hitting Cohen in the face, causing Cohen to take a step back and lose his balance on the theater steps.

Jesse Montez Thorton II

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Jesse Montez Thorton II was removed from the movie theater after attacking a 63-year-old man. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

After a few seconds, the exchange became physical, with Thorton standing over Cohen and punching him in the face multiple times.

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Video shows shocked witnesses immediately rushing to the victim’s aid and removing the enraged assailant.

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Surveillance camera footage shows a woman exiting the theater with Jesse Montez Thorton II. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff’s office called the attack “insensitive” and said the victim suffered multiple wounds to his head and face and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Authorities said Thorton and the woman he was with immediately fled the scene. On Thursday, authorities arrested Thorton in Fort Lauderdale after a two-month investigation.

Jesse Montez Thorton II

Jesse Montez Thorton II reservation photo. He is accused of fatally injuring a man after attacking him at a Florida movie theater. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)


Thorton was transported to the jail and faces one count of aggravated assault with great bodily injury.

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