VIDEO: Vietnam veteran brutally beaten at gas station, Detroit Police make quick arrests

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Police call it an unprovoked attack. A 64-year-old Vietnam veteran was brutally beaten after he and a friend stopped for gas Monday afternoon on Detroit's east side.

"Hitting me. Kicking me. Anything they wanted to do, everything they wanted to do, they were doing it," said the veteran in an exclusive interview with 7 Action News.

It's unclear exactly what angered the men. The veteran's 58-year-old friend, who was also assaulted, says they were parking at a pump, one of the assailants said "if you hit me, I'm going to kill you."

We're told the veteran asked the man what he was talking about and seconds later the man and his friends were punching and kicking them.

Witnesses tell Action News that it appeared the assailants had been drinking a half-gallon of tequila just before the beating.

In the surveillance video, you see both men being assaulted, but the veteran's friend is able to escape and call 911.

The assailants appear to be leaving when they walk back to the veteran, who is on the ground by his car and nearly unconscious, and begin to punch and kick him again.

Thankfully, Detroit Police were quick to respond to the call of an assault in progress.

Officer Nathaniel Weekley looked at the gas station's surveillance video and quickly communicated a description of the suspects and their vehicle to other units in the area.

And within 30 minutes of the attack, police officers Manix Kroma and Shawn Duncan, from DPD's Northeastern District, were able to apprehend the suspects.

Four men, between the ages of 28 and 32, are now in custody and expected to be arraigned Wednesday.


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