This is the shocking moment a Muslim teen is punched in the head and knocked to the ground in a hospital ER.
Newly released security footage obtained by TV station WDIV shows John Deliz – who had just been discharged from Beaumont Hospital Dearborn in Michigan – attacking a 19-year-old woman wearing a blue hijab.
The 57-year-old man, sporting long shaggy hair and a large green coat, can be seen walking behind the victim as she checks in with staff on Feb. 10 – before he suddenly lunges at her.
“She never saw it coming,” said Majed Moughni, the unnamed woman’s attorney, who added that her client was attacked “for no other reason but because she was a Muslim.”
The victim was at the hospital on the day of the attack because she thought she’d broken her jaw after slipping on ice.
Her attacker had been waiting for a ride in the lobby before he started pummeling the teen.
Dearborn Police said he also accosted other patients by asking for cigarettes and attempted to wander down hallways.
The woman claims the attack wouldn’t have happened had hospital staff been monitoring the disturbed man, and she recently filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court.
“We want to hold them accountable for not looking out for the safety of other patients,” her lawyer told Detroit News Friday.
The hospital countered that its staff had responded right away and tried to protect the woman.
“We take pride in our service to this diverse community and want all patients to feel welcome at Beaumont,” a representative said in a statement.
Deliz was also named in the lawsuit. He remains in custody after being arraigned on assault charges March 7. He admitted he stopped taking his medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in court and that he’d escaped from a group home, CBS News reported.
The woman is seeking $25,000 in damages. She remains injured and haunted by the assault, her lawyer said.
“She’ll never probably be the same person again. She’s emotionally distressed,” he said. “She’s always looking behind her to make sure she’s not going to get attacked again.”