In a video taken by an eyewitness who caught the attacker, the former volleyball star is sitting on the ground and yelling in pain as blood is spattered around her.
AceShowbiz – A video captured the gruesome aftermath of a brutal attack on Olympian Kim Glass. The video, taken by an onlooker who helped catch the culprit, surfaced after the athlete opened up about the incident that left her with a fractured eye socket.
In the video taken in the seconds after Kim was attacked on the streets Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, Benson Parks held the attacker down with one of his legs while Kim sat injured on the sidewalk. The former volleyball star was being tended by a woman while blood was spattered everywhere near her.
Kim was heard yelling in pain while holding a bandage near her eye. Meanwhile, a man was heard angrily shouting at the attacker, “What the f**k wrong with you?” Benson captioned it, “So this happened the other day. I caught his a** and dragged him across the street and threw him on the ground didn’t know this lady was an athlete.”
Over the weekend, Kim took to her social media account to open up about the incident and show her injuries. “As I was leaving lunch, I was outside saying goodbye to a friend and this homeless man ran up,” she said in the Instagram Story clip, which showed her swollen right eye with a line of stitches below her eyebrow.
Kim, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said the man was acting strangely before running up to her and battering her in the face with a metal object. “He had something in his hand, he was on the side of the car in the street, and he just like looked at me with some pretty hateful eyes and as I go to tell my friend I think something is wrong with him, before I knew it a big metal bolt like pipe hit me. It happened so fast, he literally flung it from the street so he was not even close to me at all,” she detailed.
Kim said her friends and strangers held down the suspect until the police arrived. In an update on Sunday, she said that she will not need any surgeries and her optometrist said her retina was “solid.”
She went on thanking those who have sent her well wishes following the attack. “Thank you all for these gorgeous flowers & chocolates… So many smiles today from the outpour of love & support I’ve been receiving,” she posted on her Story on Monday.
LAPD spokesperson Officer Drake Madison confirmed officers responded to an assault a deadly weapon call around 2:30 P.M. on July 8, after a woman was assaulted by a man with an unknown object. The suspect, who has been identified as Semeon Tesfamariam, was booked for felony assault with a deadly weapon and was given no bail. Officers could not confirm if the man was homeless though.
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