Police: Cameras capture sledgehammer attack

Police: Cameras capture sledgehammer attack

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Omar Elsayed displays bruises he suffered from the attack. Omar Elsayed displays bruises he suffered from the attack.
SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Security cameras rolled on an attack behind a shopping plaza in Sanford, but police said it involved two unlikely people.

Officers said it happened behind La Fontana restaurant in the shopping center off State Road 417 last Wednesday.

Police said the video shows the driver of a white truck attempt to hit a man several times. Then the video showed the vehicle stop, and investigators said the driver grabbed a sledgehammer from the back of his truck and then started swinging at the victim.
 
But what's most surprising is the fact police say the victim is 67-year-old Omar Elsayed, who owns the restaurant, and the driver is Issam Hatoum, who is 74.

"Not expected of people of this age to be acting in this fashion," said Sanford Police Captain James Mcauliffe.

Mcauliffe said a business dispute sparked the incident. Elsayed said it was all about money. Elsayed told FOX35 that Hatoum was angry after Elsayed requested his nearly $5,000 deposit  from his old landlord.

"The argument escalated into a physical confrontation where one is running into one with his truck and attempting to hit him," said Capt. Mcauliffe. "And hitting him with what appears to be a sledge hammer."

"(I'm) scared of everything," said Elsayed. "Everything.  I don't believe (they're) people like this."

Elsayed said he is grateful security cameras captured the ordeal. He told FOX 35 he can't sleep, and while his body is slowly healing, Elsayed said his business has taken a hit.

"All my customers are scared,"said Elsayed.

Police charged Hatoum with five counts of aggravated battery, and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

"Just because you're a senior does not mean you don't go to jail," said Capt. Mcauliffe.

FOX 35 spoke with Hatoum on the phone on Tuesday night. He said his lawyer advised him not to comment.

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