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Suspect in Midtown sucker punch arrested

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Police have arrested a suspect accused of sucker punching a man he'd never seen before in a busy part of Midtown Atlanta.


It happened on Crescent Street, which is busy with nightclubs and restaurants. This incident happened on midday January 5.

A 25 year-old Decatur man was walking past 1122 Crescent Street when, police say, he was attacked out of nowhere -- sucker punched by a man he'd never seen before.

"That person, for no reason, sucker punched our victim," said Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon. "Punched him in the side of the head. The victim fell to the ground with minor abrasions. And then, this individual walked away as if nothing happened. It was unprovoked, unsolicited. No words were exchanged between the victim and the perpetrator – not before or after."

Police believe it was one of at least four such incidents around that time in this part of Midtown. Police canvassed the area but couldn't find the attacker.

On Thursday, Atlanta police said they had arrested Curtis Bethea. He has been charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of battery.