Man Sent To Jail After Attacking Tourist With Parkinson’s

Man Bashes 66-Year-Old Tourist’s Head Into SUV Over Vehicle Confusion

A 66-year-old tourist is recovering after Orange County deputies say a man pushed him from behind into a SUV.

Kevin Mena thought the man, who has Parkinson’s Disease, from South Carolina was trying to steal his black Jeep, said an arrest report. On Sunday evening the SUV was parked in a shopping plaza between Lancaster and Winegard roads in Orange County.

When Mena, 21, saw the man pulling on the door handle he “bashed” the tourist’s head into the side of the SUV. The 66-year-old tourist’s family was just a couple of parking spots over in a similar SUV, which is why the elder man got confused.

What appeared to be a misunderstanding left the tourist with multiple broken teeth, a cut on his lip and possibly a fractured nose.

Surveillance video caught the whole incident and showed the man walking slowly towards Mena’s SUV. When the man’s daughter heard her dad yelling she turned to see him near the Jeep with a bloodied face.

Mena then sped off without providing any assistance to the girl and her dad.

The man was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center by emergency medical crews. He was taken for a CT scan and also treated for other injuries.

Deputies tracked down Mena’s SUV about three miles from the shopping plaza and arrested him on charges of aggravated battery and battery on a person 65 years old or older.

According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office records, Mena is on probation after being arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in Polk County. The last update said Mena was being held in Orange County Jail without bail.

 

Video from WFTV 9.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.