MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A 77-year-old South Florida man says he was forced to defend himself after he was jumped by two women Monday at a Miami Gardens restaurant.
Nathaniel Mitchell Sr. said he visited The Licking restaurant for lunch when he felt the waitress was ignoring him.
"I said, 'You gonna take my order next, right?'" Mitchell said. "And that’s when the conversation between me and these other two started."
Mitchell, a disabled veteran, said a discussion with the two women soon turned violent when they began hitting him repeatedly while two restaurant employees held him down.
"I put my hand up like that to keep them off me," Mitchell recalled. "Then they start pounding me and I started to fight back."
Surveillance video provided to Local 10 News by the restaurant does not show employees holding Mitchell down, but appears to show an employee trying to break up the fight after it spilled outside.
Mitchell's daughter said the restaurant hasn't released the full video.
Regardless, the fight left Mitchell with a fractured nose, two black eyes and other injuries.
Miami Gardens police were called, but the women had already left the restaurant when they arrived.
"I think it is very disrespectful how the youth treat the elderly," Mitchell said.