Attacker Breaks Jaw of Long Island Utility Worker
Tempers still boiling as thousands remain without power
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2012 1:41 PM CST
A Long Island Power Authority truck is seen in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens Monday.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – Nearly 20,000 Long Island residents remained without power as of this morning, reports AP, and a utility worker has paid the price for people's frustration. An assailant got out of his car and sucker-punched John Applewhite as Applewhite headed into a restaurant after a 16-hour shift with the Long Island Power Authority, reports MyFoxNY. The 34-year-old suffered a broken jaw and cracked cheekbone and will need reconstructive surgery.

A co-worker who jumped in to help ended up with a bite wound on his hand. Insult to injury: The pair live and work in Florida, but came north to help the LIPA in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The assailant, who had asked about the power situation from his car in a seemingly pleasant way, got away. "Just as soon as I got within arm's reach of him, he decked me," Applewhite says.

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LenJunior
Nov 15, 2012 3:26 PM CST
Where was this 'spit for brains' a few years back when we needed help for the damages from that fourpunch of hurricales? Now to take it out on a power company lineman from another state that was taking a break before going back to work attempting to restore the damage from "Sandy".. STUPID, IDIOT
$28919642
Nov 14, 2012 11:19 AM CST
The stress is building. Riots, anyone?
reallybig
Nov 14, 2012 10:16 AM CST
Like Obama promised, "I will be there every step of the way" but it was a good thing he was lying, because he might have got sucker punched. --- Obama promised every phone call to the EPA would be answered in 15 minutes, but the EPA left town the last time a storm hit. --- Does Obama EVER tell the truth? ------- REALLY