Broward Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit detectives are releasing video of the moment a night at the movies turned violent in hopes of identifying the subject responsible for a callous attack. The point of contention? The theater seats.
The 63-year-old victim, an adult male, told BSO Violent Crimes Unit detectives that shortly before 9:56 p.m., on Monday, July 10, he arrived with his wife to the movie theater located at 2315 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. The victim had purchased VIP tickets that included advance seating for a film.
Once in the theater, the victim noticed an unknown adult male and adult female in his seats. According to the preliminary investigation, the victim politely asked the subject to move from their seats. Witnesses said that’s when the subject became hostile, standing up and aggressively getting in the victim’s face. The subject got so close to the victim that it forced him to take a step back ending up on the stairs in the aisle of the theater.
The video captured the moment the verbal altercation turned physical. In the heated moment, the victim loses his balance and falls down the steps. The subject is seen standing above the 63-year-old victim repeatedly punching him in the face until witnesses rushed to the victim’s aid and pulled the subject off him.
The subject and the adult female left the theater. The victim suffered several injuries to his head and face. He was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment.
Anyone with information on the man’s identity or with information regarding this case is asked to contact BSO Violent Crimes Detective Lacey Fitzpatrick at 954-601-5905 or submit a tip through the SaferWatch app. If tipsters wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can also dial **TIPS (8477) from any cellphone in the United States.
THIS REPORT BY:
Claudinne Caro/Bilingual PIO