Jon Baird

WATCH: Video of Alleged Suspect Accused of Assaulting Special Needs Man at Westminster In-N-Out

October 18, 2018 - 10:10 am

WESTMINSTER (CNS/KNX 1070) - Police in Westminster searched today for a man suspected of assaulting a special needs man at a fast-food restaurant and seen later on video arguing with the victim.

Police responded to a reported assault about 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the In-N-Out restaurant at 6292 Westminster Blvd., according to a statement from the Westminster Police Department.

"The victim, a special needs man, was punched several times because he was not moving quickly enough after placing his order," the statement said.

"Attacking vulnerable members of our community is not only cowardly, but it is despicable," police said.

Police said cell phone video was shot after the assault took place and shows the suspect walking around the property waiting for his food while the victim asks the man why he called him names and hit him.

Watch video from Westminster Police Facebook's page (warning: graphic language):

The incident happened a month ago but Westminster Police just posted the cell video on its Facebook page asking for help identifying the suspect and suggesting he turn himself in. Police say the special needs man was punched several times for being too slow to move out of the way after placing his food order. 

The special needs man confronted the suspect before he took off with his cell phone.  In the Facebook posting, police say attacking the vulnerable is cowardly and despicable.

The suspect is a white man in his 40s, 6 feet tall and 160 pounds with scruffy brown hair and was wearing a white t-shirt and dark khaki shorts.

KNX reporter Jon Baird:

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect was asked to call police Detective N. Vasquez-Phan at (714) 548-3815.

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