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Teen assaulted by stranger inside Burger King

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A 14-year-old boy said a complete stranger hit him in the face while he stood in line for his food at Burger King.

The teen was at the restaurant with his family. While the smack was bad enough, the family was extra concerned because the teen had just left the hospital following abdominal surgery. The attack happened at the Burger King in the Medical District.

"A guy just turned around, stared at me like for one minute, hit me over nothing. I didn't even do nothing to him,” Juan Sotto said. 

Sotto said he has no idea why the man hit him in front of his family and several other customers. Sotto said the man was standing in front of them in line at the fast food restaurant.

But one hit was not the only intention of the stranger. Sotto said the man wanted to hurt him worse, but Sotto's mother stopped it.

"He was going to hit me again, but my mom started screaming at him and she got in the middle," Sotto said. "I don't know if he was fixing to hit me in the stomach."

The teen's mother said she was afraid the man would severely hurt her son. She said the man tried to run away, but other customers held him until police arrived.

The smack from the man left a mark on Sotto's face and neck. He said out of a range from 1-10, it hurt on a level of about 9 or 10.

Sotto remains confused as to why the man hit him. 

"Before he hit me, he was like 'don't touch that,'" Sotto said. But, the teen said he was not touching anything and had no idea what the stranger was talking about. 

Despite being unclear as to why he was attacked, the teen said he is very clear about what he would like to see happen.

"I think they should take him to jail," he said. 

The man was taken downtown, but it is unclear at this time what charges he will face.

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