While walking past a group of young blacks, a white school teacher was knocked unconscious after one of them walked up behind him and suckerpunched him. The attacker has not yet been apprehended.
PITTSBURGH — Police are looking for a teen accused of assaulting a CAPA teacher last Thursday in downtown Pittsburgh.
According to police, the victim, Jim Addlespurger, was walking on Tito Way near Exchange Way around 3:30 p.m. when the attackers walked up behind him and struck him on the head, causing him to fall to the ground unconscious.
Police said a witness saw the incident, aided Addlespurger and alerted police.
When officers arrived Addlespurger, who students described as a well-liked English teacher, had contusions and lacerations on his face, head and hands and appeared to be dazed. He could not remember or explain what happened to him.
Authorities reviewed surveillance footage from a nearby camera system and it showed the assault exactly how the witness described it.
“When I go to his class, we do our work while having fun. He plays the guitar and is really a great guy. I was shocked,” student Cody Grabowski said.
Addlespurger was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital and is in fair condition.
Anyone with information on the attack is asked to contact police.