New York thug who sucker punched a man and returned to take trophy photo of his unconscious victim arrested

22-year-old Luis Rivera was caught on camera sucker punching the victim on a Bronx street corner — and then returning to take a souvenir cellphone.


                            New York thug who sucker punched a man and returned to take trophy photo of his unconscious victim arrested
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Law enforcement authorities finally arrested the thug responsible for knocking out a pedestrian with a sucker punch on a street corner in the Bronx. After the attack, the thug returned to take a photo of his unconscious victim as a trophy moment, reported the New York Post.

The victim, a father of three, is still unconscious and bleeding from the brain in a St. Barnabas Hospital bed after 22-year-old Luis Rivera of 1684 Banyer Ave. in the Bronx unexpectedly punched him in the head. The victim, 37-year-old Fernando Levano, may not have even known his attacker.

The male victim's photo shows him fighting for his life in his hospital bed, connected to several tubes that are enabling him to breathe and draining out the hemorrhage from his brain. The photo was first obtained by WABC/Channel 7.

Last Monday, just after sunrise at 6.10 am., Levano had been standing in the crosswalk at the corner of Aqueduct Avenue and Buchanan Place in the borough’s University Heights neighborhood, when the thug suddenly appeared and punched him in his crown.

Levano instantaneously fell to the ground on his back, striking his head on the pavement as he fell. NYPD provided the footage that captured the assault as well as what happened after. The video has gone viral ever since it surfaced on social media.

The video shows three male passers-by rifling through the unconscious victim's pockets, taking his cellphone and ID. Soon after, one can see Rivera returning to the scene, standing over his insensate victim.

Rivera appears to be taking cell phone snaps and videos of his trophy victim as bragging rights. First, he captures the right side of his body, turns around, and takes close-up photos of the man's head from the other side.

At around 6.23 am the two assailants who first walked away from the scene were vividly captured on camera, high-fiving and smiling as they wander off.

Previously, police described the aggressor as a  male Hispanic, in his 20s, with a medium complexion, medium build, black hair and a black, and trimmed beard, while looking to find him.

They also added that the suspect had tattoos on both of his forearms and was last seen wearing a yellow baseball hat with a triangle shaped logo, a white t-shirt, denim shorts and black sneakers with yellow trim.

The aggressor was arrested by law enforcement authorities from the 46th Precinct on Thursday. It is unclear if the victim knew the assailants.