The NYPD has arrested Saul Nunez, 19, in a brutal and bizarre unprovoked attack. The videotapes show Nunez suddenly attacked Juan Llorens, 90, as the elderly man pushed a cart. The ease and sponteniety of the attack on the video is chilling. Nunez also assaulted a man who bravely stepped forward to stop the attack. Nunez has been charged with two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Llorens was hit on the side of the head with the cane. The attack left Llorens deaf in one ear. He is a former history teacher in Cuba who came to this country and worked as a butcher. He is now a bottle collector.
We often discuss how to handle the sentencing of such individuals who show a lack of humanity in their crimes. Nunez is a danger to society because he appears to lack any element of compassion in his crime.
The redeeming element is the humanity and kindness shown by others in addition to the bravery of the rescuer for Llorens.