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Vicious Thug Attack Leaves Navy Vet Bloodied & Beaten

June 26, 2015

A Navy vet, working as a clown for children was just finishing picking up supplies for an upcoming party when a thug came up from behind him and beat him up severely.

The veteran’s name was Frank Cerasoli and he was heading home on a scooter when the assault took place.

The thug was going for Cerasoli’s shopping bags but little did he know they were filled with only balloons and clown make-up.

If anyone has any info they should contact La Mesa police at (619) 667-1400.


Police in California are searching for the suspect who viciously attacked a Navy vet at a trolley station in downtown La Mesa.

Surveillance video of the attack on June 13, shows the suspect violently attacking Frank Cerasoli from behind.

Cerasoli, who performs as a clown for children, was wrapping up a shopping trip for balloons and clown makeup at a costume store in downtown La Mesa. Police say he was on his way back home, riding on a scooter, when the suspect ran up from behind beating him and knocking him down to the ground. Cerasoli was left bruised and bloodied on the sidewalk.

No arrests have been made.  The suspect is described as a 17-year-old male with long, braided hair. “At the time of the incident he was wearing a white sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black baseball cap with red tennis shoes,” according to police.

Cerasoli told NBC 7 that when he left the costume store earlier that night, he came across a young couple. He said the woman made a funny face at him, so he made one back. Apparently, the woman’s male companion didn’t like that. Before he could make sense of anything, Cerasoli said the man started punching him.