Delinquency for likes didn’t land as well as one Texas teen’s sucker-punch and left the regretful perpetrator warning others about their own actions.
(Video: KHOU 11)
Alford Lewis, a 19-year-old outside of Houston, Texas was confronted with the fact that the internet is not real life after a sucker-punch stunt meant to be “a prank” led to his being investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, reporters caught up with Lewis after the HCSO’s Violent Crimes Division had taken the lead on the investigation and the young man asserted to KHOU 11, “You know, I just made a mistake and everybody makes mistakes.”
Prior to being tracked down, the young man’s exploits had been filmed at nearby Wortham Park where in two separate incidents he could be seen approaching unsuspecting strangers from behind before physically assaulting them.
As detailed by KHOU 11, Lewis appeared to have a pistol tucked into the front pocket of his jeans in the viral video that had made its way onto the neighborhood news app Nextdoor.
Coming as a surprise to the young man, locals who also used the park for recreation were none too happy with his stunt to which he told reporter Jason Miles, “I really didn’t expect for it to just go so left, you know?”
Among those voicing their concern were park-goers who spoke with ABC 13 like Deandrea Crossland who said, “That’s not cool to come up to someone to punch them in the head for no reason.”
Similarly, Michael Patrick, who walks his dogs in the same area where Lewis had filmed his “prank,” said, “It’s just ridiculous. Obviously, something is wrong with that person.”
Still, the young man defended his actions overall and further claimed that the videos portrayed only negative portions of his encounters with the two strangers as he went on to contend, “I know from the video all you see is the bad part about it. But what people didn’t see is that I shook his hand after and how I gave the man a hug.”
A text message sent to ABC 13 communicated a similar account as Lewis wrote, “It was a prank. I had no problem with the man. I wasn’t tryna hurt him. I was just hanging out with my friend and we did a [TikTok], and so yeah, I didn’t mean, I didn’t mean to harm anybody.”
Adding to ABC 13’s report, local Frankie Jimenez expressed of Lewis, “He’s 19. He’s of age. He knows right from wrong. That’s assault.”
Likewise, Patrick added, “We hope he gets the help he needs. Also, spends time in jail for something very dangerous. It could have been much worse than it was.”
In his own message to KHOU 11, the young man added a word of caution to others who might pull stunts on social media, “Before you go out and do anything you feel is bad, or that could look bad, make sure, like, people know — or just don’t to it at all.”
His supposed remorse was as ill-met as the initial video as users sounded off on what some even viewed to be “a hate crime.”
This is a hate crime and should be treated as such!
— Jon Lewis (@jdlewis088) October 29, 2023
That was not a mistake, it was assault and from the looks of the video, he assaulted two people.
— Suhr Majesty ™ (@ULTRA_MAJESTY) October 29, 2023
Why isn’t this interview being held from the jail?
— DreamerGCR (@DreamerGcr) October 29, 2023
Everybody makes mistakes, yes
But not everybody assaults other people
— Benja (@Benja_THFC) October 29, 2023
“Mistake”? A mistake is locking your keys in your car. He knew WTH he was doing m.. what he meant is he didn’t expect to be called out for it.
— doortonowhere (@doortonowhere) October 28, 2023
He should be locked up. People have died when they’ve been punched in this manner. He’s 19yrs old & he should know better.
— Perfect_Storm2925 (@P_Storm2925) October 28, 2023
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