A 19-year-old Texas man who was caught randomly assaulting people in a public park this week told a local news crew that “everybody makes mistakes,” and claims people have gotten the wrong idea after seeing him arbitrarily beating strangers.
Alford Lewis, 19, was filmed by an accomplice strolling up to at least two separate people walking on the pathway at Wortham Park in Houston last Thursday and cold-cocking them in the head for seemingly no reason. He later admitted the whole thing was a stunt to get more “likes” for his social media accounts.
But, shocking absolutely no one except these idiot teenagers, local residents weren’t amused, and demanded police open an investigation into the assaults - which they did. Lewis was quickly ID'd as the assailant thanks to his having uploaded evidence of the crimes online.
KHOU11 in Houston caught up with Lewis outside his home near the park, shoving a camera into his face and asking why he felt the need to sucker-punch complete strangers for social media clout. Lewis claims he didn’t realize people would get upset by being punched in the head.
“I really didn’t expect for it to go so left, you know,” he said. “People only see the bad parts…What people don’t see is that I shook his hand after and gave the man a hug.”
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The news outlet pointed out that there’s no video evidence of either of victims walking away on “good terms” with their assailant, as Lewis claims.
“You know, I just made a mistake and everybody makes mistakes,” Lewis continued.
To others who might be tempted to take on a social media challenge like this one, Lewis added, “Before you go out and do anything you feel is bad, or that could look bad, make sure, like, people know – or just don’t do it at all.”
Ah, yes. Make sure you warn people you’re about to assault them so they don’t misunderstand and get upset.
Teens sucker-punching strangers and filming it for fame and “likes” on apps like TikTok has become a disturbing new trend among teens and young adults, with some videos showing victims - including the elderly - being knocked unconscious. Back in June, police in Charlotte, North Carolina said a 1-year-old infant was punched in the face by a random person on a sidewalk. It’s not for sure whether the attack was part of the same social media challenge.
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