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Attacker tried to gouge out eyes of 82-year-old man, police say

January 5, 2012 |  8:49 am

Approximate location of incident. Click for more information on the area.

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details

A 51-year-old Glendale man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder after police said he tried to gouge an 82-year-old man’s eyes out for no apparent reason.

Benyamin Yengibaryan was taken into custody about 8 a.m. on Central Avenue and Windsor Road after witnesses heard him threatening to kill the injured man as he violently kicked, punched and tried to poke his eyes out, police said.

“It appeared to be a random act of violence,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “It appears to be unprovoked by the victim whatsoever.”

The injured man, who was bleeding from both eyes, was taken to Glendale Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a damaged right eye, a swollen lip, a cut left knee and cuts to his right cheek and eye. His name wasn’t released to protect him from retribution, police told the Glendale News-Press.

The victim was walking on Central Avenue when he walked past Yengibaryan, who was standing next to a bus stop, and they smiled at each other, police said.

As the victim turned his head, Yengibaryan allegedly punched him in the face.

The victim told police that he recalled trying to defend himself, but he fell to the ground as the assault continued.

Witnesses told police they saw Yengibaryan pressing his thumbs into the man’s eyes while kicking him.

[For the record, 11:09 a.m., Jan 5: The headline on an earlier version of this post incorrectly gave the age of the victim as 89.]


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Image: Map shows approximate location of incident. Credit: Los Angeles Times