Victim Speaks Out About Violent Attack Caught On Surveillance Tape At Car Dealership
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The owner of a car dealership who was violently attacked inside his business is speaking out as new surveillance tape is being released of the incident.
The tape shows the owner being knocked out and his son-in-law being knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly after he tried to intervene.
“This was a really serious incident,” said the victim, who only wanted to use his first name of Ruben and who did not want to show all of his face.
“This was so bad I relocated my business from Miami to Broward County,” Ruben told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench. “There was no reason for it. What he did he could do to others and hurt people more seriously than me.”
“I think people like this are dangerous and I am worried he could be violent to someone else,” he said.
Miami Police released surveillance tape of the attacker and photos of Ruben from North Shore Hospital, where he was taken and where he needed stitches in his head and chin.
Miami Police say it was 5:50 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2014 when 27-year-old Zsa Zsa Chantel Brown and a companion entered the Ban Kars Car dealership at 333 N.W. 79th St.
Ruben says Brown’s bank wanted her to adjust her lien so her name was on her car title. Suddenly, an argument started when her male companion said he was upset about Brown’s car horn not working.
“This guy started complaining the car horn was not working, said Ruben. “This guy started raising his voice. There was trouble and suddenly out of nowhere he punched me and I fell on the floor. It was so sudden. I hit my head.”
“I don’t remember anything after that. I was unconscious. I know I was taken to the hospital,” said Ruben.
Ruben is 62. He believes his attacker was in his 30s.
Ruben’s close friend and Fort Lauderdale attorney James R. Dunn said “Ruben’s a tough guy. He survived a fall backwards of six feet and hit his head. This was a senseless act of horrific violence.”
Dunn said Ruben could at some later date file a civil lawsuit in this case.
“At any given time, he could have been killed,” said Miami Police spokesman, Sgt. Freddie Cruz. “There was no reason for this. They were discussing a title for the vehicle. We need to get this person behind bars as soon as we can.”
Police said the suspect was 6’4” tall and 250 pounds and had a goatee.
They said they arrested Zsa Zsa Chantel Brown in late April but they say she has not been cooperating with them.
Police say she claimed she did not know her companion very well and had only met him a few times.
Brown is charged with aggravated battery and obstruction of justice.
Anyone who can help Miami police with this case should call them or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).