DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A 53-year-old man and 12 year old son were arrested Thursday accused of raining down punches and kicks days earlier to an 83-year-old man over a Delray Beach parking lot dispute.
According to police: Barry Hochstadt, 53, and the 12-year-old were driving through Target's parking lot in the 1200 block of Linton Boulevard about 12 p.m. Sunday when Hochstadt nearly backed his silver Corvette into Lawrence Blank, 83, who was loading his purchases into his car's trunk.
"Watch out," Blank yelled. "Why did you almost crush me into my car?"
Hochstadt responded by cursing him out. Blank asked him to move his Corvette and Hochstadt responded "Make me!"
Blank walked up to the driver's side and pointed at Hochstadt. The 12-year-old then got out of the car and threatened the man 71-years his senior. Blank told the 7th grader to get back in the car but instead he attacked Blank, pushing him to the ground and punching him in the face, repeatedly.
"I couldn't believe that a young kid would come out of the car and fight like this. This kid clobbered me between my eardrum and my temple," said Blank, who has bruises on his head, shoulders and groin.
According to a police report, 53 year old Hochstadt also got out of the car and kicked Blank in the groin. They then got back into the silver Corvette and took off.
Blank was left badly bruised and his 2011 Chevy Equinox had $750 in damage to it.
"You don't bring up children like that, please God, don't bring up children like that," said Blank.
After reviewing surveillance video, police traced the Corvette that had a license plate reading "Quikslver," to the Delray Beach suspects later in the day Sunday. Police found the minor was wearing the same Baltimore Ravens jersey from the surveillance video and waiving a toy gun in the yard.
NewsChannel 5 is not naming the 12 year old suspect because he is a minor.
Blank identified the suspects and on Thursday police arrested them on charges of battery on the elderly and criminal mischief.
They told police Blank didn't point through the Corvette's window, but flicked Hochstadt on the chin and that's how the altercation began.
"Because I spoke up they got road rage," said Blank. "You're not supposed to answer back, your not supposed to answer back to nobody," said Blank.
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