• Video shows group beating men with skateboards, Orlando police ask for help to ID assailants

    By: Jason Kelly


    ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Police Department released two videos Tuesday of a group of men beating two men with skateboards in downtown Orlando in May.

    Investigators said they seek to identify and question six to 10 men involved in the May 1 incident at North Court Avenue and East Central Boulevard.

    Police said a bystander used a cellphone to record the beating.


    Josue Mariano Sanchez Sauza said his friend, Brett Thompson, was speaking with a group of women when a group of skateboarders also tried to speak with the women, a police report said.

    He said the resulting argument became physical when he was hit with a skateboard twice before Thompson was hit more than 10 times, the report said.

    Investigators said Thompson had difficulty speaking because he was injured and dazed.

    Thompson said he remembered walking with Sanchez Sauza when a group of skateboarders tried to do a trick and almost hit the two men, the report said.

    The report said Thompson told one of the skateboarders to watch out and that Sanchez Sauza, who often fights, threatened to fight the skateboarders when they gave him an attitude.

    Thompson told police that he is not a fighter, but when one of the men touched him, he told the man to not put his hands on him and Thompson was blindsided, the report said.

    The report said he does not remember much because he lost consciousness, and he said his Apple Watch disappeared during the incident.

    Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477.

    Watch the two videos below. Warning: profane language:

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