Disabled blind man in Minion costume attacked in Florida
Attack on man dressed in a Minion costume caught on surveillance camera in Daytona Beach.
A Florida man was arrested after attacking a blind, mentally handicapped man, dressed in a Minion costume that was a popular promenade Sunday, the officials said.
Daytona Beach Police said in a news release that Jamie Roehm was dressed as a yellow, cylindrical Minion — a type of the character in the children’s movie “Despicable Me” — and working outside of Jungle George’s at the Daytona Beach boardwalk, doing a promotion for the store when he was approached by a group of people.
A man, later identified as Ryan Nihart, 25, and came up behind Roehm, took him on, “left him on the sidewalk,” the police said. The entire attack was caught on surveillance camera.
“When Roehm stood up and tried to get his bearings, Nihart and kicked him and beat him down a second time,” said the police. “When Nihart was doing this, he was encouraged by two people on the sidewalk.”
The police said during the attack, Roehm screamed for help while his colleagues ran outside to pull the attackers off of him before the police arrived.
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Roehm, who is legally blind and mentally disabled, told FOX35 that his disability doesn’t bother him when he is in character.
“I love the little children as they come up to me and gives me a cuddle and that kind of stuff, it makes my day,” he said.
Despite Roehm costume is damaged, Roehm suitable is back on the job less than 24 hours later, to tell FOX35: “This is my favorite part of the job. It is to come in here and make the children happy. And if I can’t do that, then I’m not happy.”
Daytona Beach Police said Nihart, faced with the costs of the crime of battery and destruction of property.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed