Beating Caught on Camera
BRONX– A member of a gang that beat a Bronx street vendor into a coma will spend the next three years in prison. Video of the vicious attack not only captured the members pummeling the defenseless man but also the cold and casual way the members walked away following the beating.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to three years in prison for participating in a brutal gang assault against a street vendor in May 2017.
Clark said, “The defendant and five others viciously beat the victim in front of his wife and children in broad daylight on a busy Bronx street. The attack left the victim in a coma with life-altering injuries and, although more than a year has passed, the victim continues to attend rehab. I hope this sentence brings some justice for him and his family.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Enrique Foote, 19, was sentenced by Bronx Supreme Court Justice April Newbauer to three years in prison and three years post-release supervision. The defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree Assault on September 6, 2018. Another defendant, William Burgess, was sentenced on June 8, 2018 to four years in prison for his role in the attack. Charges against the other four defendants are still pending.
According to the investigation, on May 2, 2017, at the corner of 149th Street and Third Avenue, the defendant and five other men repeatedly struck Souleymane Porgo, 53, a street vendor, after he tried to stop one of them from stealing some of his merchandise.
The victim was beaten to the ground and left in critical condition with multiple facial fractures. Porgo required multiple surgeries for swelling and bleeding in his brain and continues rehabilitative treatment.