A Man Was Sucker Punched Because He Looks Like Shia LaBeouf

Beware! If you look like Shia LaBeouf, chances are you might get punched.

A Man Was Sucker Punched Because He Looks Like Shia LaBeouf
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When will the madness end?

On Saturday, April 23rd, Mario Licato was on his way to watch a show on the Lower East Side in New York City when he was unexpectedly sucker punched. The 26-year-old had just hopped off the F train on Delancey Street when trouble ensued.

"I was walking up the stairs," he recalled. "I had my head down—there were people in front of me—just to make sure I wasn't going to fall.” Licato stated. “I didn't even see the guy. 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!'”

Hey guys Washington is making me v manly. See ya later

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The assault knocked out Licato and his face was covered in blood when he regained consciousness. His glasses were also broken during the attack. A couple rushed to aid Licato, and they described the attacker as a muscular, 6-foot, frat-boy type.

Poor Licato was so perplexed by what happened that he even began questioning his sanity. “I was so confused. I was even more confused because I got up and I was like, am I crazy or did I hear him say, 'This is because you look like Shia LaBeouf?' And [the couple] were like, 'Nope. That's exactly what he said as he was running away from you,'” he explained.

Licato also posted a picture of himself after the attack and left the following message for his attacker: "I wanna thank the guy who randomly decided he needed to hit me last night. 'This happened bc you look exactly like Shia labeouf'. Well sir you boosted my self esteem bc he's p hot," Licato wrote along with the picture of his injuries.”

Apparently Licato gets mistaken for LaBeouf frequently. "I've been stopped on the street before, at least 10 times in my life," he proclaimed. However, that doesn't justify what happened.

Hbd tall man. @conorchampley

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"I wanna know what Shia LaBeouf did to [the suspect]," Licato 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?"

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