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Police still searching for suspect in video of 'senseless' attack

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities are still searching for a man caught on video beating another man.

Flint police sought the public's help and were able to identify the people involved in the video of an attack on an older man. 

The video shows a younger man walk up to the older man and start hitting him. The older man walks away as the attacker continues to hit him.

"This attack is extremely senseless," Flint Police Public Information Officer Tyrone Booth said.

The attack happened in Flint and continued until the man fell down.

"We will be sending a warrant request to the prosecutor's office in the coming days," Booth said.

Police said they know who the suspect is, but he is not in custody at this time. They are seeking a warrant for his arrest.

Police said posting the video on social media helped them track down the victim and suspects in the assault.

"Citizens in the community answered up and the phones started ringing and we got good information to lead us to both individuals," Booth said.

The video can be seen here. Warning: The content is graphic.

Booth said the incident happened on May 27 after hours on the property of a Flint church.

"We're disappointed at any assault like this. It's shocking that it would take place anywhere, but you know certainly in a church parking lot," Booth said.

The incident occurred after hours and is not believed to be associated with the congregation.

Police said the victim suffered what they described as minor bruising and is in much better spirits these days.

After interviewing those involved, police don't believe the two men knew each other and think the attack was random.

"It was just an unwarranted and unprovoked attack," Booth said.

Police are looking to charge both the person throwing the punches and the person recording the incident. Their identities have not been released, but police said they are both adults.

Police said they are seeing more and more cases in which someone uses a cell phone to record an assault.

"People for some reason find it amusing to put these things on social media and we're taking a hard stance against it," Booth said.

A video surfaced several months ago in which a young woman was dragged out of her home and assaulted. Six people were charged in that incident.

Flint police said they are spending more and more time investigating videos posted on social media.

"And we're seeking arrests and warrants for arrests on individuals that are involved. And not only the persons or people that are doing the assault. We're looking at the people that are videoing it and putting it on social media as well," Booth said.

Michigan law considers cell phones computers. In some cases, computer crimes can carry even stronger penalties than underlying assaults.

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