SPRINGDALE, Ohio — Springdale Police detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a man caught on camera repeatedly kicking another man on the ground until he fell unconscious.
"At one point, he passes out and the suspect continues to kick him in the head. That’s pretty serious," said Officer Keenan Riordan.
The assault happened on June 12, 2021 before 2 a.m. in the parking lot of a Springdale Super 8. Police said they were called for reports of a man knocked unconscious. Investigators believe the suspect had just left a nearby restaurant called Bugatti's.
Surveillance footage shows a man walking up to the victim in the parking lot and, "unprovoked and without warning" punching the victim in the head, knocking him to the ground.
"The victim is just standing hte parking lot, minding his own business. It's not like they've been fighting or anything like that. I dont' know if there was an argument that led up to this or not, but as you can see in the video, it's a very violent beating, and it appears unprovoked," said Riordan.
WCPO 9News is not showing the moment of impact in the surveillance footage because we believe viewers can grasp the seriousness of the assault without seeing that potentially-disturbing moment. You can see how the man continues to kick even as the person on the ground holds their hands up and turns to try to get away.
Police said they are putting the case back in the spotlight now because they have been unsuccessful at finding the attacker. Yet, security camera footage shows clear video of the suspect.
"Maybe he’s not local," said Officer Riordan. "I don’t know. Hopefully, this video will make its way around."
Officers said the person on the ground had a concussion and several facial injuries but survived.
Anyone with information on the assault or the suspect in this case should contact Detective Tuazon at 513.346.5760 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips can be made to Crimestoppers at 513.352.3040.
WARNING: Footage of the assault may be disturbing: