Something weird happened this weekend. A guy was having a night out in New York City, minding his own business, and then he got sucker-punched on the subway for looking like Shia LaBeouf.
“I didn’t even see the guy,” Mario Licato said to Gothamist. “I just see his fist coming towards me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, ‘This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!’”
Licato says he lost consciousness when he landed at the foot of the stairs, and his face was bloody and his glasses were broken when he revived. A nearby couple came to his aid right after the attack, but they seemed just as bewildered by the situation as Licato was.
The police eventually arrived on the scene. Licato later posted pictures of himself to social media, where he remarked that this was not the first time he was thought to be LaBeouf, though it had never resulted in violence before.
“I wanna know what Shia LaBeouf did to [him],” Licato later said. “What did Shia LaBeouf do to him that he punched somebody that looks like him? He must have did something so mean. Did he steal his girlfriend? Did he just see his last performance art piece?”
Whatever the assailant’s motivations really were, it’s possible that he might be acting upon what the Internet believes about LaBeouf being a cannibal.
[images via screen grab / Megan Adamson-Jacke]
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