A Florida man suffered several broken fingers after attacking a man dressed in an Elmo costume in a local Guitar Center store on Saturday.
Jeramie Trespalacios was hired to wear the Elmo costume was already in the store when the assailant entered.
Trespalacios says, “The man comes up to me, never says anything. Then I wave to him to say ‘no.’ So I turn around and then he delivers a punch, straight to the back of my head. After that, I took off my mask, not caring at all cos I was trying to protect myself.
He adds, “I took off my gloves real quick, threw them down and I was ready.”
The attacker suffered broken fingers and taken away for a mental health evaluation.
“The man who was wearing the Elmo costume was already in the store when the suspect entered the store and was physically aggressive towards customers and staff,” Winter Park police said in a statement. “The suspect in this case suffered broken fingers and was taken to the hospital where he would receive treatment for his injuries and undergo a mental evaluation. The man dressed as Elmo was the victim in this incident and was not injured.”
Police say that, fortunately, no children witnessed the fight.
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