A suspect was arrested after an alleged road rage beatdown on a father and son after a fender bender in Queens, police said, with investigators able to track the man down after he used a credit card he stole from them.
Jovani Padin was arrested Wednesday following the vicious beating caught on camera the night of May 8. The 27-year-old faces two counts each of robbery and assault, as well as attempted grand larceny and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.
"I'm genuinely happy to hear he's off the streets, but the damage has been done," said Adel Ahmed, whose face was still bruised days after the attack.
The 23-year-old Ahmed and his 55-year-old father were driving on 70th Street around 7 p.m. Saturday and were trying to leave a parking lot when they allegedly collided with Padin, who was driving a grey Honda Accord.
The father and son exited their car following the minor accident, as did Padin and a female passenger, police said. That's when Padin, sporting a neon yellow sweatshirt, demanded payment for damage to his vehicle, police said, and quickly got angry. The woman is seen on video trying to calm him down, but by then the punches had already started flying.
"I must give credit to the girlfriend, she really did try to stop him. But she couldn't," Ahmed said. His cries for help could be heard in the video, as his father was knocked to the ground and was left motionless.
"I was screaming, I don't know if I've ever screamed like this in my life, I thought he was basically left for dead," Ahmed said.
The college student is still recovering, with his injuries impacting his studies as he's had to ask for extensions or delays.
Padin allegedly stole the phones and wallets from Ahmed and his father, which contained his ID and bank cards, before speeding off with the female passenger, police said. Both victims refused medical attention at the scene.
Ahmed said he's glad the suspect was arrested, but said he doesn't want to hear an apology from him.
"I'm actually glad to not hear his voice. Even if he apologizes profusely, I don't want to hear it," Ahmed said. "He showed us no mercy, why should I give him mercy?"
Police say their investigation is ongoing.