Caught In The Act: Police try to figure out why man punched elderly victim in Walmart

Video posted to the WorldStarHipHop website shows an elderly man punched in a northeast Columbus Walmart (WSYX/WTTE)

Police are trying to find a man caught on camera punching an elderly victim inside a Columbus Walmart last month.

"The video is extremely disturbing," said Columbus Police Detective Paul Wolf.

The video taken by a cell phone camera shows a man punching an 82-year-old man in the face, while the two were talking inside the store.

The website worldstarhiphop,com posted the video online on June 9th, just hours after the incident occurred inside a Walmart on Morse Road. So far more than 500,000 people have viewed the video.

Columbus Police posted a link of the incident on their Facebook page as detectives try to find the man who was caught pulling the punch.

"We would like to reach out to this gentleman, find out what led up to the assault," said Wolf.

No charges have been filed in the case, as investigators continue to look into why the man was assaulted. Columbus Police learned about the video a few days ago. Officials say some issues with the reporting system prevented them from getting the information sooner.

ABC 6/FOX 28 has learned one possible motive being looked at by police is that the attack was a "set up" to be recorded and posted to social media. Family members of the victim did not want to talk on camera but tell us, the victim suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

The website that posted the video claims the man punched the victim because he attempted to touch his child. Family of the victim say that is not true. Columbus Police tell us they have no evidence backing up the online allegation.

"We have no victims that have come forward and said this elderly man approached anybody," said Wolf.

ABC 6/FOX 28 contacted the website that posted the video last month, but has yet to receive a response. Police say they also plan to review Walmart surveillance video to learn any new details about what happened moments before the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police at (614) 645-1433


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