Authorities said that a coward captured on tape earlier this month executing an unprovoked roundhouse sucker punch on an unsuspecting stranger at Brooklyn’s Kings Plaza Shopping Center was arrested on Sunday.
Jaheim David, 21, of Coney Island, was charged with assault after allegedly landing a violent hit on the cheek of a 36-year-old man waiting in line with his back to him at 6 p.m. on Aug. 20.
David is said to be the man shown in the security film approaching the victim from behind, stooping down, placing his left foot, then jumping forward, swinging his right fist around in a vicious wallop.
As his cell phone skittered across the floor, the victim fell face-first onto the linoleum floor.
According to the video, the attacker retreated to a bank of elevators and followed up with his fist still balled up to survey the damage before fleeing.
A woman took the victim’s cell phone and placed it about 2 feet away from him, but no one came to his rescue immediately.
The victim was treated and released from Brookdale University Hospital.
According to authorities, another mall surveillance footage shows David, wearing black shorts that reach around midthigh, lifting the security arm at the parking garage next to the mall to allow his driver to depart the lot without paying.
On Sunday, David’s arraignment was scheduled in Brooklyn Criminal Court.