John Applewhite, a 34-year-old electric worker from Florida who came to New York to help after Hurricane Sandy, was assaulted in East Hempstead, N.Y. on Friday after working a 13-hour shift.
Applewhite was getting dinner with coworkers when another man got out of a black BMW and approached him, he said.
As reported by WTSP:
“He met me halfway between my truck and his vehicle and just as I got within arm’s reach, he decked me,” Applewhite said.
Applewhite was flown back to Florida Saturday with a black eye, broken jaw and several fractures. He’s confined to a hospital bed and awaiting surgery.
“They’re going to put a plate in my face and wire my jaw,” he said from Lakeland Regional Medical Center. “At least three surgeons will do work on me.”
Police are reviewing surveillance video and searching for Applewhite’s attacker - he still doesn’t know why he was assaulted.