Disabled Man Beaten in Parking Lot Dispute

FAIRFIELD -- Fairfield police are looking for a man who was caught on video dragging an elderly disabled man from a car, then beating him to the ground in a Walmart parking lot.

It happened Tuesday afternoon on North Texas Street. According to witnesses, the fight started over a handicapped parking spot.

The elderly man confronted the suspect’s girlfriend and accused her of parking illegally.

"All of a sudden, the guy just attacked him, older gentleman. Opened up his door, grabbed him around his neck, punched him a couple of times," witness Chris Benett said.

He and his girlfriend Suzie Fowler were in shock as they witnessed the assault.

Suzie grabbed her phone and began recording the incident just after the victim hit his head on the ground. The suspect is seen and heard shouting expletives.

Benett, who is also disabled, jumped in to stop the assault.

"I got the suspect off of the victim," Bennett said.

"We have parents too. It's hard to imagine something like that happening to them. You don't really think about your safety in that type of circumstance," Fowler said.

The suspect then turned his attention to Fowler, telling her to stop recording him.

"I'll do what I wanna do. I had my dog in the back of the car. I have a pit bull," Fowler was recorded saying to the suspect after he told her to stop.

The suspect and his girlfriend then took off in separate cars.

"He had no respect for the elderly or anybody out there," Benett said.

Fairfield police are asking for the public’s help tracking down the suspect.

"We're following up on the information that we do have. We definitely want to know if anyone knows these people that are involved, " Officer Cade Beckwith said.

"I want you to turn yourself in, 'cause next time you might not be so lucky," Benett said.