A 19-year-old man who was visiting Florida (USA) attacked a 59-year-old man, whom the US media identifies as Rick Allenthe drummer of the legendary rock band def leppard.
Max Edward Hartley, a young man from Ohio who was in South Florida for spring break, the so-called “spring break”, attacked Allen on Monday outside the Four Seasons hotel in Fort Lauderdale, for reasons still unknown.
“He is an extremely sweet young man,” said the young man’s lawyer, Sam Halpern, to the local newspaper the Miami Herald this Friday, who did not provide information about the reasons that led Hartley to hit Allen and a woman who ran to help the musician, nor if he also had no knowledge of who he was attacking.
The lawyer told the outlet that Hartley, a sporty boy in high school and also now in college, has never been in trouble with the law and for years has been “very appreciated by family and close friends.”
The description, however, contrasts with the police report and the witness statement.
On the day of the events, according to the local police, the young man was hiding behind a pillar outside the hotel and near where Allen was smoking a cigarette, one day after acting with def leppard at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with the rock group Mötley Crüe.
At one point, according to the report, Hartley sprinted toward Allen and knocked him to the ground. The police report states that the victim “hit his head on the ground causing injuries.”
Before this, a woman came to help Allen but Hartley also attacked her and was also injured in the head. According to the Police, while the woman was on the ground, the young man continued to hit her until, in the midst of this situation, she tried to escape from her into the hotel.
“The defendant then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her out of the lobby and back onto the sidewalk before fleeing the area,” the report added.
Hartley was arrested shortly after, after police found him at a nearby hotel breaking car windows.
He was arrested on two counts of assault, four counts of criminal mischief and one count of abuse of an elderly or disabled adult (Allen lost his left arm in a 1984 car accident).
As local media collect, Allen provided an affidavit to the officers, to whom he informed that he wants the young man to be prosecuted.
Hartley was released from Miami-Dade’s neighboring Broward County Jail Tuesday after posting bond.
Neither Allen nor the band def leppard They have ruled on the incident and in fact the English group maintains its concert schedule, with a next one. He was arrested on two counts of assault, four counts of criminal conduct and one count of abuse of an elderly or disabled person performing on May 22 in Sheffield, the city from which the group originates.
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