First, in Arizona:
A Wendy’s employee has been charged with second-degree murder after an elderly customer he sucker-punched last month died in the hospital from his injuries, according to reports.
Antoine Kendrick, 35, had just taken the 67-year-old man’s order at the register on July 26 at a restaurant in Prescott Valley, Arizona when police said the customer complained about his food.
The blow knocked the customer to the ground and he hit his head on the floor, forcing him to lose consciousness.
Here is video of the fatal punch:
Next we turn to
Hell New York City:
WARNING: Disturbing footage – The NYPD says a 52-year-old man is fighting for his life following an unprovoked attack in the Bronx.
The victim suffered a skull fracture, a broken cheekbone and brain bleeding. He's in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/nGGjgs1lak
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 18, 2022
If we do a forensic analysis of both attacks, we see a common trend.
The victim is sucker-punched, so is unprepared to take the hit.
The punch renders the victim unconscious.
The victim topples over so that they strike the ground head first with nothing to break their fall.
The victim’s head triking the pavement or concrete floor from five to six feet up causes a skull fracture, the brain to swell and bleed, and the person do go into critical condition and die.
If the victim in NYC survives, he will have permanent problems.
There are lessons to be learned here.
First, be aware of your surroundings, watch hands, don’t let people angry with you inside of sucker punch distance. Retreat, make distance between you and the bad guy.
Second, learn how to take a punch. You’re probably not a black belt or MMA fighter. You’re not going to get into a street fight. Just learn to protect your head. Your goal is not not lose consciousness and hit your head on the ground
Eventually, one of these assholes will get shot for trying to suck punch someone, at which point we will have to establish in court just how deadly a sucker punch is and how armed defense against a grown man with fists is justified.
But most importantly, do your best to not get punched.