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2 Charged With Taped Attack On New Jersey Homeless Man

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A young man strides purposefully into the woods as a cameraman asks what he’s about to do.

“About to go beat up this bum,” the man in the video says.

And that’s exactly what he does, punching and kicking a homeless man in the face, bloodying his nose, before wishing him a Merry Christmas.

The videotaped assault has led to criminal charges against a 20-year-old New Jersey man and a 17-year-old boy accused of filming the assault while egging the attacker on.

“Just dive on him! Dive on him!” the cameraman says on the video as the assailant approaches a disheveled-looking man in a wooded area of Wall Township, near the Jersey shore.

The young man in the video knocks the homeless man to the ground, as the attacker and the cameraman dissolve into fits of laughter.

It’s unclear when the assault took place, but Wall Township police say they got word of a videotaped assault on Sunday. The video had been posted to YouTube but was unavailable on Monday after News12 New Jersey posted it on its website.

Police charged 20-year-old Taylor Giresi, of Lake Como, with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit assault. A teen they say recorded the assault faces a charge of conspiracy.

Giresi was jailed on $60,000 bail. A message sent to his Facebook page and telephone messages left at four homes in the Lake Como area registered to people with the same last name were not immediately returned Monday.

On a Facebook page that appears to Giresi’s, he claimed to be a model whose likes include the TV shows “Jersey Shore” and “Jackass” and the marijuana comedy movie “Half Baked.” On the tape, the cameraman says, “That was Jackass’ ‘Beatin’ A Bum.”’

Police didn’t disclose the identity of the teenager because of his age. He was released to the custody of his parents. Police did not immediately respond to requests for additional information, and it was unclear if other people are suspected of participating in the assault.

Police said in a written statement they received a report Sunday that several people had attacked a homeless man, filmed the assault and posted it on YouTube. An investigation between Wall and neighboring Belmar police identified Giresi as one of those involved, police said.

The victim was “a Wall resident who often finds himself homeless,” police said.

“The video showed that the subjects involved took advantage of the victim’s unfortunate circumstance and targeted him on two separate occasions due to his financially destitute situation,” police said.

It’s unclear what became of the victim, whose face is shown bleeding during the videotaped assault.

After initially attacking the homeless man, the young man in the video returns to him again. As the cameraman urges him on, he punches the homeless man in the face, sending him sprawling to the ground.

The two then announce they are stealing the homeless man’s bicycle.

“No, I need my bike!” the victim protests.

The young man smiles at the camera, then runs off with the bicycle as the cameraman yells, “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever the (expletive) you are.”

The second part of the video appears to chronicle a different assault in which the same victim is punched, kicked and knocked to the ground. He slowly gets up and looks directly at the camera as the cameraman apologizes for the assault in a sarcastic tone.

“Oh, my God, you’re bleeding!” the cameraman says. “We didn’t mean to do that. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. Wipe off the blood.”

The cameraman then directs the young man to give the victim a hug. The bleeding victim reaches out to hug his attacker, who then rams his knee into the homeless man’s stomach.

The homeless man begins to scream, prompting the attackers to leave, but not before the young man runs up and delivers a flying kick to the victim’s head.

“You gave him the big boot!” the cameraman exults. “The big boot!”

Associated Press writer Geoff Mulvihill contributed to this report from Haddonfield, N.J.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Awaiting Mo der ation Too!!!

    The people producing the shows that encourage this c rap should be held responsible too.

  • Eileen

    If you are interested in donating to the victim, I found this information on Wall Township Police website:
    WHIP Accepting Donations for Homeless Beating Victim
    The Wall Township Police Department has coordinated efforts with Wall Helps Its People (WHIP) to set up a donation fund for the assault victim of the “YouTube Video.” People interested in making a monetary donation can mail it to the following address: WHIP, P.O. Box 1214, Wall, NJ 07719.
    WHIP will not be accepting clothing or food donations on his behalf. Monies received will be used to provide the victim with food, clothing, shelter and other necessities that he may need. Please indicate on the memo portion of your check “David Ivins” or include a note indicating where you would like your donation to be directed.
    Food, clothing and other necessities can be dropped off at the Belmar police Department, 601 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719.
    For more information call 732-280-4370.

    • k

      Thank you for posting this information. I am still overwhelmed at the cruelty shown in this story.

  • SGU

    Awful and disgraceful punks who need the book thrown at them!

  • Char

    OMG….completely saddened and disgusted by this! i would also like to find the homeless man, and do something to help him out. help pay for medical attention and buy him a new bike! sooooo sooooo sad! :'(

    • yelli

      The Video was the worst they showed it on ABC news and I started to cry. I really wish I knew how we could get a hold of him to see if he is okay and if there is anything that we can do for him. I feel so bad, I hope they put those boys in jail very upsetting

  • Large

    The 17 year-old should be charged as an adult. He is obviously capable of fending for himself in jail.

  • Frank Smith

    I like Pat Leonards idea–If anyone knows how to find this guy maybe we can all chip in and do something good for him

    • yelli

      I agree I would defintely be more then happy to cheap in with a few people to help this man out. He didnt do anything to these boys for them to do this to this homeless man, Very disturbing

  • Frank Smith

    I’d like to get my hands on the pair of them they’ll be modeling bruises

  • Frank Smith

    I’d like to get my hands on the pair of them they’ll be modeling bandages



    • yelli

      Pat that is very nice of you, if you find out the location for this invidual and where he might be staying. I would be more then happy to go out and get him some blankets and new coats. Please let me know

    • noname

      i see that the Wall PD is not giving out additional information (news reporters are probably looking for the man’s name) however, that is commendable of them. i do wish they’d give out the teens name. how proud their parents must be of them huh? got to hand it to the PD for looking into it, and the person who stood up and reported it. i’m sure if you got the new bike to the PD they would give it to the man. Poor soul. if life isn’t hard enough and what ever issues this man has on top of that…..why…why do this? sciopaths

  • joe

    Thes losers ought to go gargel with razor blades.

  • mort

    leave it to the prison population to give these jerks what they deserve.

  • dave

    How can the reporter- whose name is (intentionally?) left out of this article- morally even refer repeatedly to the assailant as “a young man”!? This punk (and the cameraman) are not men, they are puzzies, beating up on a homeless person!

  • John Richards

    Whatever the legal punishment is for this crime, it is not enough. This is an example of extreme cruelty. It makes me sick!

  • Mike

    Dirtball should be thrown in jail. Instead some slimey lawyer is probably going to try to convince everyone that’s he’s really a nice guy and this was a one time thing. I’d love to see this guy stand up and look the judge in the eye and tell him exactly why he did what he did. Then have the judge give him the max. Instead he’ll just hang his head and apologize…not for the crime, but for getting caught of course. This guy is a lowlife coward who preys on someone who is obviously in a bad spot already.

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