Carjacker Beats 91-Year-Old Man as Bystanders Look On

May 14, 2007 – Post

 A 91-year-old World War II veteran was repeatedly beaten in the head by a carjacker in Detroit as a group of people stood by watching.

The beating was caught on surveillance tape outside a Detroit party store. Soon after the tape was released, a 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the beating. Local news reports say a second man and a woman who accompanied the suspected assailant were also arrested.

The victim, Leonard Sims, is bruised but says he’s doing better every day. He was punched in the head 21 times, and was caught between his car door and the car next to his during the attack so he could not escape.

Sims told a local news report that the incident began when his assailant asked for a light.

“He kind of caught me off guard because when he came up and asked for a light, he punched me,” Sims said.

“It’s very hard to believe because my husband is a very kind person,” said his wife, Nora.

A local police chief said the crime is “one of the most heinous” she’s seen in years and is upset the bystanders did nothing.

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