A disabled Vietnam veteran, who was also a police officer, was viciously attacked by a 21-year-old man in front of his home in Palos Hills, Illinois last week, according to the veteran and his wife.
Richard Jones, 66, had just stepped out of his car near his home when he asked a neighbor to slow down in the parking lot. The request led to a verbal confrontation with the driver Michael Seno.
According to Alice Jones, the verbal confrontation turned physical, and Seno started punching and kicking her husband.
Jones has two black eyes, two broken nasal bones, a torn-off toenail, scraped shins and other injuries as a result of the attack. In photos that were taken during the altercation, Seno can be seen crouching above Jones, who had fallen on the pavement and was trying to shield his face.
In an interview with the Palos Patch, Alice Jones said that a neighbor had to pull Seno off her husband. Richard Jones, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease, briefly lost consciousness as he waited for an ambulance to arrive.
“His parents didn’t raise him right,” Richard said Tuesday while recovering at home. “I feel that by trying to protect little children in our own courtyard by telling him to simply slow down was not a call to war on a senior citizen and disabled veteran. That shows very poor upbringing and character on his part.”
In a video recorded by a witness at the scene, a neighbor can be heard shouting in the background, “Look what he did to him, you have no respect.”
“I have respect for myself, not you guys. You have no respect for me!” Seno can be heard shouting in response.
In the video, Seno claimed that Jones struck him first, but Alice Jones said her husband “never touched” Seno.
“I never saw anything coming, I never even knew he was going to swing at me,” Jones said. “It was just ridiculous. I’m a decorated Vietnam veteran.”
When the police arrived at the scene, Jones was bleeding from his nose and mouth. He was taken to Palos Community Hospital and later transferred to Loyola Medicine. Seno was arrested and charged with battery.
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