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Man Tries to Gouge Out an 82-Year-Old's Eyes For No Apparent Reason

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Police have arrested a man that they said he kicked, punched and tried to gouge the eyes out of an 82-year-old man walking past a bus stop in Glendale on Tuesday morning. Police are calling it a "random act of violence."

Benyamin Yengibaryan, 51, was standing at a bus stop on Central Avenue when his victim did nothing more than walk by and smile at him, according to the Glendale News-Press. Yengibaryan allegedly lunged at the man and punched him in the head. He kicked him, while pressing his thumbs into the man's eyes. A witness waved down a passing motorist who was able to the pull Yengibaryan off the elderly man, who was hospitalized with a cut eye, a swollen lip and other cuts and bruises.

"It appeared to be a random act of violence," Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told the News-Press. "It appears to be unprovoked by the victim whatsoever."

The victim's name is not being released to protect him from retribution. Yengibaryan was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and he is scheduled to be arraigned in court today.