Shock Video: DC Tourist Savagely Beaten, Stomped, Spit on by Gang of Youths at Hilton Hotel Where Reagan Was Shot
by Kristin Taylor
A tourist was savagely beaten, stomped and spit on by a gang of over a dozen youths at the entrance to the Washington Hilton Hotel around 1 a.m. on July 14, according to Washington, D.C. police who released hotel surveillance video showing the brutal unprovoked attack. The Hilton–located about twelve blocks north of the White House at 1919 Connecticut Avenue and T Street, NW–is a key part of official Washington, playing host to presidents, foreign dignitaries, business and political gatherings including the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. It is also where President Ronald Reagan was shot by a would-be assassin in 1981.
In the video, the male victim is seen walking with another man toward the lower T Street entrance of the hotel, just feet from where Reagan was shot while walking out from the hotel after giving a speech there. A group of young males and females appear to have laid a trap for the two men, coming at them from the front and rear as they approach the hotel entrance. The victim is punched by a tall slender man who comes at him from the front, setting off a mob attack that quickly puts the victim on the ground while his friend ducks into the hotel. More attackers approach and take turns punching and kicking the man, with some stomping on the his head. The friend comes back out and intervenes but is punched in the face and retreats. The final attacker walks up and spits on the man as he is sprawled limp on the ground.
WRC-TV reported on the victims’ conditions:
“The man suffered head injuries and a left eye socket injury. The witness suffered a swollen left eye. They were treated at a local hospital.”
D.C.’s Metropolitan Police appealed for the public’s help on Wednesday in identifying the attackers.
“MPD seeks the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in reference to an Aggravated Assault offense that occurred on 7/14/19 in the 1900 blk of Connecticut Avenue, NW. See video here: (link: https://youtu.be/Lt98V_KyQg4) youtu.be/Lt98V_KyQg4 Have info? Call (202) 727-9099/text 50411”
C-SPAN video on the Reagan shooting shows the scene of the mob attack in daylight.