Los Angeles homeless man recorded in alleged assault in Venice: ‘I wish to go to jail. I dwell outdoors’
A homeless advocate who has documented the unhoused residents of Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood for greater than 20 years was attacked by a homeless particular person Wednesday whereas filming, he informed Fox Information.
Tony Vera Echevarria, 62, stated he was on the seashore to live-stream sanitation employees cleansing the world alongside the boardwalk.
He was filming the trash vans as they had been leaving and a few individuals giving out meals to the homeless from about 100 ft away, he stated. A homeless lady demanded him to cease and accused him of “stealing her data,” prompting her boyfriend to assault, Echevarria stated.
“Remember, I am on their aspect,” he informed Fox Information. “The man went behind me and attacked me violently. So I maced him after which he went after one other man, a mentally in poor health man. The entire thing was ugly.”
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In a video of the incident posted on-line, a lady is seen following Echevarria as he is filming. The footage then switches to him being attacked by a person who’s demanding his cellphone.
Somebody filming the incident warns the alleged attacker to cease or else he might face jail time.
“I wish to go to jail. I dwell outdoors,” he replies.
Echevarria, a Venice resident and native New Yorker, is seen kicking the attacker in an effort to get him to cease. He stated he pulled a leg muscle and the authorities had been known as. Los Angeles cops responded to the scene and positioned the person in handcuffs.
“That is why I maced you dude,” Echevarria tells the person as he is being detained. “You do not put your palms on no person. I am in your aspect.”
Ultimately, Echevarria determined to not press fees, saying: “I figured the man has sufficient issues.”
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The Los Angeles Police Division stated it had no report of any arrest stemming from the incident.
The assault occurred close to the Cadillac Lodge on the well-known Venice boardwalk, Echevarria stated. Earlier this 12 months, the resort started collaborating in Undertaking Roomkey, a program to deal with homeless individuals liable to critical sickness from COVID-19.
Echevarria has documented the world homeless inhabitants for greater than 20 years and advocates for many who need assist, he stated.
“I am not attempting to defend all of them however I get pissed off when individuals say all of the homeless are the identical,” he stated. “They don’t seem to be all the identical.”
“It left me with a foul style in my mouth although,” he added. “I am not making any cash off this. “Like ‘What am I doing? I’m attempting to assist these individuals.'”
He primarily makes a dwelling filming arrests on the Los Angeles Worldwide Airport, throughout which he was allegedly assaulted by Mike Tyson whereas snapping photos of the previous heavyweight boxer and his household.
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Wednesday’s expertise has deterred him. He plans to maintain documenting the homeless disaster regardless of the dangers.
“I bought beat up by Mike Tyson,” Echevarria stated. “We’re buddies now. I sued him and I gained. However that did not cease me.”