BELMAR, N.J. (The Blaze/AP) -- A homeless New Jersey man whose shocking and senseless videotaped beating was posted on YouTube, leading to an outpouring of charity, has suffered a seizure.
The Asbury Park Press reports David Ivins was at the Belmar Police Department Wednesday night picking up a bicycle that had been donated to him when he became stricken. Police rushed him to the hospital; his condition wasn't available.
Ivins, who has battled alcoholism, said he hoped to use his fresh start to stop drinking.
“I think I’ll pull out of it, I will stop drinking," he told the Park Press.
The 50-year-old has received donations and support from an outraged community after the videotape showed a young man punching and kicking Ivins in the face, bloodying his nose, before telling him, "Merry Christmas." You can see partial video of the beating below:
According to Ivins, he's seen his attackers before.
“They came running from out of nowhere,” he said. “I’ve seen them before. They’ve thrown rocks and bottles at me before on the train tracks.”
Twenty-year-old Taylor Giresi, the main attacker, faces charges including aggravated assault.
The 17-year-old cameraman has been released to his parents.
The beating has now prompted New Jersey legislators to seek harsher penalties and mandatory jail time for those who record assaults and distribute them, according to the Park Press:
“It is absolutely appalling that two young men found it amusing to stalk and attack a homeless man,” said [Republican Assemblywoman Mary Pat] Angelini in a prepared release. “The fact that the young men posted the attack on the Internet as if it was entertainment is frightening and we must send a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated in our state.”
Under their proposed legislation, videotaping and distributing the recording of an assault will result in an automatic second-degree aggravated assault charge. A person convicted of second-degree aggravated assault is subject to five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
After the attack, Ivins was brought to the police station so he could have a place to stay. Since the attack, the local Belmar Inn donated a room for him to have until Jan. 3.