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DAVENPORT, IA – On Friday around 3:00 p.m., a local disabled veteran was assaulted on Kimberly Road in broad daylight. Jerry Beatty, the victim, says he wants the suspect caught and put behind bars.

Damon Kingsley, owner of Damon’s Cars and Classics, showed KWQC the video they caught on camera. It happened right on their property. Police say the video cannot be released to the public since it is part of evidence.

Jerry Beatty says he was walking across Kimberly Road from the gas station to Walgreens when the confrontation started.

Beatty says the driver in a black Grand Prix was honking his horn, and Beatty admits to making an obscene gesture.

Beatty says, “He just flipped out, whipped around. When he was kicking me, I remember him saying, ‘Nobody ever flips me off.’ And he just started kicking me in the face.”

The video shows the suspect pulling into Damon's Cars and Classics, getting out of his car, approaching Beatty, pushing him to the ground, and kicking him in the face three times.

Beatty says, “I’ve never been beat that bad before in my life and I’m a combat vet […] He didn’t even give me a chance to confront me. The only thing he did was push me and started kicking the crap out of me. I couldn’t get up.”

Damon Kingsley ran out of his car shop and saw Beatty bleeding from his face. Another witness also came over from the Walgreens parking lot. Kingsley says the fight was over by the time they ran to the scene.

Kingsley says, “We were standing out back working on a car, and we heard tires squealing. We walked up here and saw the argument go on between Jerry and this other gentleman.”

At this point, the witnesses did not know who started the fight. But Kingsley then went to review his surveillance cameras. He says, “After we reviewed the camera, I wouldn’t want anybody to see it.”

After beating Jerry Beatty, the suspect eventually left the scene. Davenport Police say they are still looking for him.

Beatty says, “My mouth was so bad I couldn’t even talk. I could barely suck through a straw. My face was completely swollen. My eye was swollen shut.”

Police says Beatty initially refused medical treatment even though he suffered major injuries to the right side of his face. Beatty’s mother says they ultimately took him to Genesis West when the bleeding and swelling would not stop.

Beatty suffers three fractures on the right side of his face. He will be going through surgery next week to reconstruct his nose, and the cavity around his eye is collapsed as well.  The bleeding in his mouth went on until Saturday, which the hospital had to stitch up. He was also bed-ridden for three days.

Since Beatty is a veteran, the VA is currently covering his medical expenses.

Davenport Police, Major Don Schaeffer, says they are still searching for the suspect. If you have any information, contact Davenport Police or Crimestoppers.

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