New York Man Attacked "Because You Look Like Shia LaBeouf"

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Shia LaBeouf at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 26-year-old victim was knocked unconscious in the attack.

A New York man was assaulted over the weekend because it seems he too closely resembles Shia LaBeouf.

Mario Licato, 26, was sucker punched around 8 p.m. ET on his way to a show on the Lower East Side, New York police confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The suspect told Licato, the attack happened "because you look like Shia LaBeouf," police said, citing the report. The sucker punch is a misdemeanor assault, police said. 

The punch rendered Licato unconscious, he told Gothamist. Licato also posted a picture to social media of his injuries. 

"I wanna thank the guy who randomly decided he needed to hit me last night. 'This happened bc you look exactly like Shia labeouf'. Well sir you boosted my self esteem bc he's p hot," Licato wrote along with the picture of his injuries. 

This was not the first time Licato has been mistaken for LaBeouf, but never has it ended in violence, he told Gothamist. "I've been stopped on the street before, at least 10 times in my life," he told the website. 

Still Licato said he wants answers about this attack. "I wanna know what Shia LaBeouf did to [the suspect]," Licato told Gothamist. "What did Shia LaBeouf do to him that he punched somebody that looks like him? He must have did something so mean. Did he steal his girlfriend? Did he just see his last performance-art piece?"

The suspect is at large, police said. 


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