VIDEO: St. Pete police trying to identify man who punched, seriously injured victim

Still frame from video released by the St. Petersburg Police Department

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – St. Petersburg police are asking for helping identifying a suspect who they say punched and seriously injured another man.

Truly cringe-worthy security camera video shows the suspect and the victim on May 7 around 1:30 a.m. at the Del Mar Gastro Lounge, 243 Central Ave. The victim was in line for the restroom, and “the suspect tried to cut in front of him,” police said.

The two then argued, and police said, the suspect hit the victim at least twice.

The first punch sent the victim, identified as Zachary Taylor, into a wall. Video shows him landing on the floor. Taylor manages, in the video, to stand up, only to take a second blow to the face.

“Just uncalled for, and he was seriously injured,” St. Petersburg Police Department Spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said. “It’s very serious because he did have a fractured skull from this. And the first punch was pretty bad. But, then the second time, it just knocked him out cold.”

“If people can see the video, even if you can’t see his face perfectly clearly, if you know who he is, you know who he is, you can call us and let us know,” Fernandez added.

Taylor, a University of Florida student, is back in Gainesville. He suffered a skull fracture.

Taylor’s attorney advised him not to talk with News Channel 8. He’s having to put off taking summer courses at UF because of the beating, the attorney said.

In the video, you also see the suspect walking with a friend before the incident. If you have information on this suspect, please call 893-7550 or text SPPD + your tip to TIP411.

Local business customers weigh in

Customers at a nearby cigar shop watched the video, stunned. “Oh! Oh,” John Luca said. “Wrong place at the wrong time, disrespectful to people. Ya know, what? Should have done that in the beginning.”

“Those guys, they shouldn’t be there. He’s looking for trouble. Nobody should hit a guy twice,” Tony Mangiafico said.

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