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Those thugs who brutally beat up man who offered to help pay for their meal? One just got busted

One man has been arrested in connection with a brutal attack on a man in a Texas Chicken & Burgers in Brooklyn after he offered to help pay for his attackers' meal. (Image source: YouTube screen cap)

Since video was released of a gang of thugs brutally beating up a man in a Brooklyn restaurant after he offered to help pay for their meal, there has been an arrest.

Kariem Roberts, 21, turned himself in to police Thursday and was charged with robbery, gang assault and menacing in connection with the March 1 attack at Texas Chicken & Burgers, police told the New York Daily News.

Roberts was arrested eight previous times beginning in 2009, sources told the paper — most recently on Feb. 10 for grand larceny. The other attackers are still at large, the Daily News said.

The victim has been identified as Joseph Molohon, 37, who had broken bones, including his nose, along with cuts and bruises in the attack, police told the paper.

Molohan also has suffered from epilepsy since childhood and collects disability, the Daily News said in a separate story, adding that he's HIV-positive and also has multiple sclerosis.

“I'm a nice person,” Molohon told the paper. “Everybody knows me here. I don't know why they did this to me."

Joseph Molohon, 37, is recovering from a brutal assault in a Brooklyn restaurant March 1 after he offered to help pay for his attackers' meal. (Image source: WPIX-TV video screen cap)

It all started after two men walked into the Texas Chicken & Burgers and one loudly declared that no one would give him a dollar, police sources told the Daily News. So Molohon, who was sitting in a booth near the cashier’s counter, offered to help pay for their meal, the paper said.

But his charitable move was met with “mind your f***ing business!” police sources told the Daily News — and then a vicious beating.

Image source: YouTube screen cap

“They just became very nasty, out of nowhere,” Molohon told the paper. “My cane was laying on the table. They took it and started hitting me on my face. ... There was blood everywhere.”

Moments later, three other men ran into the restaurant and joined the punching and kicking to Molohon's head and body.

“They pulled me out of my booth,” Molohon told the Daily News. “I tried to help some of the people who came in. One came over and got mad at me ... I still feel like I got ran over.”

Before leaving, they dragged Molohon toward the front door, the paper said.

“I remember having a seizure on the floor,” Molohon told the Daily News. “People said for two minutes long, I passed out.”

If that wasn't enough, two other customers literally stepped over the twitching, bleeding man, with one of them asking, “Can I get No. 12?” police sources told the paper.

Image source: YouTube screen cap

To top it off, another man came into the restaurant and went through Molohon's pockets, apparently taking items, the Daily News said. Fortunately, $1,000 in money orders from the bank to pay bills weren't taken, he told the paper.

Image source: YouTube screen cap

The attackers took Molohon's metal cane, but police found it on a street a few hours later, he told the Daily News.

Molohon — who was having dizzy spells Wednesday, the paper said — still needs bone fracture surgery on the left side of his face.

“I’m afraid,” he told the Daily News. “I stay on my block. If I go back [to the restaurant], it’s never at night. This is the first time something like this has ever happened to me."

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477, the paper said.

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