Los Angeles firefighter Justin Eulian, 37, and his mother Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, 70, are accused of attacking a woman who was feeding stray cats in their neighborhood, reports KTLA.com.
Eulian and Fontaine are each charged with “one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury and one felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.”
The September 14 attack was captured on surveillance video, according to the District Attorney’s office.
The 47-year-old woman was sitting in her car feeding the cats when Eulian walked over and began yelling at her. The woman allegedly threw cat food in his face, and Eulian responded by punching her in the face. Everything escalated from there.
Prosecutors say Eulian was then joined by his mother and the assault escalated. “Eulian then pulled the victim out of her car and allegedly punched the victim once or twice more as she fell to the ground motionless,” prosecutors said. Eulian and Fontaine helped the victim back into her car and drove the woman to her home where they allegedly told her she had tripped and hit her face on the car.
Eulian and his mother face prison time if convicted on the assault charges.