90 Year Old Air Force Veteran Assaulted In Winter Haven Parking Lot – Video of suspects driving away and witness who was trying to help stop suspects. You cannot clearly see the assault, but towards the end you can see the witness being dragged and falling away from vehicle.
Winter Haven Police Department Press Release
Winter Haven, Florida – Winter Haven Police are asking for the assistance of anyone who witnessed and possibly recorded an incident in a Publix parking lot that resulted in a 90 year-old Air Force veteran to sustain significant injuries.
On 10/25/17 at approximately 4:50 p.m., the 90 year-old victim (we are not identifying him at this time due to the nature of the incident) was backing his vehicle out of a parking space at Publix (1395 6th St NW) in Winter Haven. At the same time a black four-door vehicle, possibly a Kia, was driving down the same aisle in the wrong direction.
According to the victim, he looked behind him and it appeared the aisle was clear for him to back out. However, the black vehicle appeared from the opposite direction and the two vehicles collided. Although there was minor damage to the cars, what transpired next is anything but minor.
The victim got out of his car and immediately both occupants of the black vehicle got out and started cursing, yelling and causing a disturbance. As this is going on, there are multiple people walking back and forth by the incident, as well as vehicles driving past the incident. The arguing escalated and went on for approximately six minutes, while bystanders watched. At that point, one of the occupants from the black vehicle struck the victim causing him to land on the pavement face first and also striking his head. The force of the fall resulted in the victim briefly losing consciousness.
Both suspects started to get back inside of the vehicle when a witness attempted to keep the vehicle from leaving. The witness was dragged a short distance before falling to the ground as the suspect vehicle speeds off ultimately leaving the parking lot. The witness did not sustain any injuries.
The victim was taken to Winter Haven Hospital where he was admitted for the injuries including a severe cut to his head and large facial scrapes along with both hands and arms being scraped and bruised. At this time, his status has improved and his injuries are non-life-threatening.
Due to the length of time that the disturbance occurred, Police believe there were witnesses who recorded the incident – even prior to the victim receiving his injuries. Anyone who saw the incident and possibly recorded what was occurring on their phones is asked to contact Winter Haven Police Detective Rod Esteve at 863-401-2256.