California – Why did this elderly man get beaten? (video)

By Faye Higbee

Santa Ana, California –  Friday morning, Tuyen Nguyen, 83, was out on his daily walk to get a newspaper and coffee, when a man suddenly accosted him, and beat him severely. He is in critical condition, but stable at this writing.


Demarrea Chante Barnes – police photo

Demarrea Chante Barnes was arrested by Anaheim police for the incident and then turned over to Santa Ana police. He was booked for assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to cause great bodily injury. Barnes is described as a “transient.”

An unprovoked attack

According to KTLA,

The elderly man was walking in a parking lot at 5015 West Edinger Ave. around 6:10 a.m. Friday when he was assaulted, the Santa Ana Police Department said.

The attack was captured on surveillance video, which shows Nguyen walking unassumingly when a passerby punches him, knocking the 83-year-old to the ground.

The assailant then drops a bag full of unknown items and punches Nguyen at least two more times before kicking him.

Nguyen was left alone on the floor as the man picked up his dropped items and left.

Police released the surveillance video and asked the help of the public to find the attacker.  The family said the video was “gut-wrenching,” but by releasing it the police may have stopped this from happening to someone else. A motive for the attack is still unclear.



Surveillance photo of victim and attacker

Elderly victim

The Vietnamese victim has been married to his wife for 62 years, and came to the United States to better his life. The attack left him with a brain hemorrhage and a broken eye socket. The doctors at Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center  have been monitoring the bleeding in his brain to make sure it has stopped.

“He’s in a lot of pain right now, physically. And for us it’s a mental anguish, mental pain. It’s a lot.” Julie Nguyen, daughter of the victim

It’s video that’s difficult to watch. But police hope it will help catch a brazen O.C. attacker.An 83-year-old man is pummeled in a parking lot as he strolls down the sidewalk. Just what type of person would beat an elderly man? This very clear video could be the key to cracking the case.Eyewitness News on the hunt for a Santa Ana sucker-puncher. Tonight at 11 from ABC7.

Posted by ABC7 on Friday, September 25, 2015