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VIDEO: Shoe Used to Kick Man During Brawl Is Considered a Weapon, DA Says

By Nicholas Rizzi | January 20, 2017 3:05pm

NEW SPRINGVILLE — A man was charged with using his sneaker as a weapon when he kicked a man in the face and knocked him unconscious in the Staten Island Mall, prosecutors said.

Sean Morris, 27, was hit with a six count indictment Thursday for getting into a brawl with the 57-year-old man earlier this month, the District Attorney's office said.

"After reviewing the totality of the evidence in this matter, it became apparent that this attack was both disturbingly violent and appalling," a spokesman for the District Attorney said in a statement.

"This office intends to hold the alleged perpetrator accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

The video was published by the Staten Island Advance.

Morris was caught on video getting into a fight with the man in the lower-level of the mall at 8 p.m. on Jan. 9, prosecutors said.

The video shows the victim tried to fight Morris off with a mop as a security guard tried to break up the brawl, but Morris punched the man several times to the ground.

When the victim tried to get up, Morris kicked him in the face and knocked him out, according to the video.

Morris was arrested shortly after inside Macy's in the mall, the Advance reported.

He was indicted on assault charges Thursday and additional criminal possession of a weapons charges for the sneaker that was on his foot when he kicked the victim, prosecutors said.

The DA's office did not immediately respond to inquiries regarding the additional charges.

Morris pleaded not guilty to the charges and his bail was set at $50,000, according to online court records. He was previously arrested in December and charged with criminal mischief, court records show.

His lawyer did not want to comment for the story.