Michael Vitar is facing prison time after allegedly beating a man on Halloween night.
Michael Vitar, who now works as an L.A. firefighter, and two of his colleagues, Eric Carpenter and Thomas Molnar, were in the front yard of Carpenter’s home in California when they reportedly saw the man walking down the street handing out candy to children. According to the Page Six, Vitar, Carpenter, and Molnar believed the 22-year-old man, who has not been identified, was “behaving suspiciously,” though L.A. County District Attorney’s Office maintains the man was visiting his grandmother in the neighborhood.
Molnar’s attorney Art Avazian told the Page Six that the three of them “escorted” the man out of the neighborhood, but that he came back, at which point the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office says Vitar, Carpenter, and Molnar chased the man down, jumped him, and forced him to the ground. The man passed out and waken taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Vitar’s lawyer Joseph Gutierrez told Page Six that Vitar didn’t initiate the assault and “basically came to the aid of the others.” Carpenter reportedly faces up to seven years in prison if convicted and Vitar and Molnar could face up to four.
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