Deaf Man Beaten, Robbed of Laptop Outside Riverside Coffee Shop

Surveillance video captured two robbers beating a deaf man outside a Riverside coffee shop and running off with his laptop.

The Riverside Police Department posted the video to their Facebook page Tuesday in hopes the public can help identify the assailants.

The video from May 19 shows the victim sitting alone outside a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 3712 Mission Inn Avenue about 1 a.m. when two men walk up and assault him.

While one of the robbers struggles for control over the victim's MacBook laptop, the other lands several punches and elbows on the victim's head.

The victim falls out of the chair and the men run off with the laptop.

Police were unable to find the attackers.

Riverside resident Marcus Chmaj, who is deaf, said the news of the attack has spread to the deaf community.

"The deaf community is small, so one thing happens, the whole community knows," Chmaj said through a sign language interpreter. "The (man) was deaf. If he was hearing the same thing would happen. It's just important to keep your eyes open."

One of the men was described as white, in his 20s with a thin build. He was wearing a gray sweater, white shirt, black and red gloves and a dark hat.

The other was described as black, in his 20s with a medium build. He had on a dark long sleeved shirt, dark jeans and a black hat with a white logo on the front.

A third man in his 40s who had approached the victim before the attack was also wanted. He was Hispanic and wearing a matching black and white plaid hooded sweatshirt and shorts, a dark shirt and black shoes.

Anyone with information was asked to call Riverside police at 951-826-8714.

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