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Police arrest man responsible for assault on Marine veteran

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Police in Clearwater, Florida have allegedly found the young man who assaulted a Marine veteran while he was riding his bike.

“Someone reached out of the car…I felt blood begin to rush,” 44-year-old Derek Queener said. Queener rides his bike to and from work each day and was coming home from a job last week when he was attacked in broad daylight, in a seemingly safe residential neighborhood.

Marine vet attacked Clearwater Florida

What the suspects didn’t know was that one of the houses on the block had a hidden camera, which was rolling when the brutal, unprovoked attack occurred.

Everything happened so quickly as the teens pulled up right next to Queener, who sustained serious injuries. He says the vision in his left eye is still blurry and he has broken bones in his face.  Queener thought he was punched at first, but a second look at the surveillance video indicates the attackers may have used a bat to strike him.

They sped away, but not before taunting him.  Queener told WFTV:  “(They) yelled out, ‘How you do like that m***********?’”

They apparently thought it was funny, he said.

Less than 24 hours later a handy man was reportedly attacked on the same block. That incident was also caught on video and it’s believed the same group was behind it. The victim in that case says the teens yelled a racial slur at him.

A neighbor spotted the Jeep Compass with black rims from the security footage and was able to give the license plate number to the police.

This ultimately led to the arrest of 20-year-old Michael Nuckolls.

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