Video shows group beat, stab man at restaurant



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - WFTV obtained surveillance video of a violent lunchtime attack at a Daytona Beach restaurant on Friday.

In the video, a group of men is seen beating and then stabbing a man who was waiting for his food.

Investigators said 21-year-old Adrian Rodriguez was at Tropical Gourmet Jamaican Restaurant on Mason Avenue in Daytona Beach with his girlfriend when the group attacked him.

Rodriguez was repeatedly punched and kicked, and then stabbed at least four times in the right arm, once in the thigh and in the buttocks, according to investigators. But investigators said his injuries are not life-threatening.

"At least two of the guys produced knives. As they were beating, kicking, stomping, they pulled out knives," said Jimmie Flynt, of the Daytona Beach Police Department.

"I froze. To be honest, the chef had to scream at me twice to call 911," said the manager of the restaurant, who did not want to be identified.

They then dragged Rodriguez, beaten and bloody, outside where a fourth man joined the attack and then all the men took off, leaving Rodriguez on the sidewalk.

"He had a lot of blood all over him. It'd hard to say. I mean he was bleeding everywhere," said witness Al Sammon.

Just minutes later, fire rescue and police arrived. Investigators believe Rodriguez must have known his attackers. They are working to find out who the men in the video are and what prompted the attack.

Investigators said the attackers, described as black men, stole the victim's wallet and cellphone. There are two possible getaway cars: a burgundy mid-2000 Grand AM or Grand Prix and a four-door silver Nissan Altima or Maxima, missing a right rear hub cap with a possible tag number of T8078W.