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He was asked not to park there. Then he beat the man who made the request, video shows.

Elderly man beaten in Hollywood over parking issue

In a video released by police in Hollywood, Florida, a man is seen throwing a barrage of punches at an elderly man after he was told not to park in a reserved spot. Police say the man is in his 30s and drove a Ford Mustang.
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In a video released by police in Hollywood, Florida, a man is seen throwing a barrage of punches at an elderly man after he was told not to park in a reserved spot. Police say the man is in his 30s and drove a Ford Mustang.

A 69-year-old man told a visitor not to park in a reserved spot in front of his Hollywood beach apartment building.

The driver didn’t like the request. He didn’t move the car.

Now, police are investigating the “vicious beating” of the senior citizen, whom police did not identify.

“This is a completely senseless act of violence over nothing,” said Christian Lata, a spokesman for Hollywood police. “It was a cowardly act.”

On Friday, Hollywood police released surveillance video of the May 25 incident — which happened in the 1700 block of South Surf Road — in hopes of identifying the attacker, believed to be in his 30s.

The video shows a slender man with dreadlocks walking up to the older man and throwing a punch at his face. The man tried to get away, but the younger man threw another punch, knocking him to the ground.

The attack continued, with the younger man throwing punch after punch, the video shows. He finally stopped and ran away.

The attacker is believed to have been driving a red or burgundy Ford Mustang, with the first character of the tag being an “E.”

Police say he was with a woman, who can be seen in the video. The attacker will likely face a felony battery charge, Lata said.

“We need the community’s help in identifying this man,” Lata said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-764-4357 or 954-967-4411 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
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