Homeless Victim of Taped Beating Has Seizure

David Ivins was seen on the YouTube video getting assaulted and bloodied

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011  |  Updated 6:55 AM EDT
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Two men are charged with beating a New Jersey homeless man for fun, and filming the whole assault. NBC New York's Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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Two men are charged with beating a New Jersey homeless man for fun, and filming the whole assault. NBC New York's Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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A homeless New Jersey man whose

videotaped beating was posted on YouTube

, leading to an outpouring of charity, has suffered a seizure.     

David Ivins was at the Belmar Police Department Wednesday night picking up a bicycle that had been donated to him when he became stricken, reports the Asbury Park Press.

Police rushed him to the hospital; his condition wasn't available.     


Ivins, who has battled alcoholism, said he hoped to use his fresh start to stop drinking.     

The 50-year-old has received donations and support from an outraged community after the videotape showed a young man punching and kicking Ivins in the face, bloodying his nose, before telling him, "Merry Christmas.''     

Twenty-year-old Taylor Giresi faces charges including aggravated assault.     

The 17-year-old cameraman has been released to his parents.


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