Shady in Daytona: Beatdown at the mall captured on video gone viral

Headline Surfer / Raw video shows upwards of 20 people on the attack a store manager and a bystander who tried to come to his aid at the Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach eight days ago. The victims were treated o n scene by paramedics, but refused transport to the Halifax Hospital ER.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A large fight eight days ago at the Volusia Mall involving upwards of 20 people taking turns assaulting a store emploee near an inside entranceway was captured in a raw video that went viral in social media.

Cops responded to several 9-1-1 calls  from the mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., but the arriving units at 3:42 p.m. Saturday, found that the aggressors had dispersed. However,  the impromptu attack was captured in a raw video that went viral in social media, initially by the poster on Facebook, who took down his posting, but not before it was copied, saved and re-posted by others. 

Responding police were told by multiple witnesses that close to two dozen young men attacked a store employee identified in a Daytona Beach police report as Aabed Adelgafar, 24, who cops found nursing a bleeding lip and multiple abrasions on his face and neck in a nearby restroom.

Adelgafar told cops that earlier in the day at the store he manages in the mall — I Don’t Give A Shirt — a smaller contingent of young men had argued with him over the price of merchandise and wait time, during which one of them spit in his face before they left. But they returned with others and singled out Adelgafar for the beatdown captured on a raw video.

Whoever shot the video hid or deleted it from their Facebook account, but not before it was captured by countless others and uploaded on various social media platforms, including a popular Facebook page that highlights news in greater Daytona called - SNN - Shady News Network - and a sister page - What’s Shady In Daytona Beach, with Nico Toscani and two others as administrators. Headline Surfer is a moderator on the SNN page. Headline Surfer downloaded the raw video from the SNN page and added news elements before uploading to the internet news outlet's YouTube channel

Shady in Daytona - Brawl Mall / Headline SurferWhoever shot the video hid or deleted it from their Facebook account, but not before it was captured by countless others and uploaded on vatrious social media platforms, including a popular Facebook page that highlights news in greater Daytona called - SNN - Shady News Network - and a sister page - What’s Shady In Daytona Beach, with Nico Toscani and two others as administrators. Headline Surfer is a moderator on the SNN page. Headline Surfer downloaded the raw video from the SNN page and added news elements bfore uploading to the internet news outlet's YouTube channel

The men are seen punching and kicking Adelgafar as he is thrown in a corner by the glass doors. The poster of the video either hid or deleted the video from his Facebook page Monday afternoon.

The video shows at least 20 young men taking turns or in twos and thees kicking and punching Adelgafar, who was in a crouched position in the corner of one of the mall entranceways. A bystander is seen being beaten as well after trying to come to his aid.

Adelgafar was asked by Daytona Beach cops to write a statement and sign it, but he refused to cooperate. No arrests have been made.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.