Caliber Visuals is a freelance photographer brutally attacked and beaten by a stranger while on vacation in Seattle.
The victim is still spitting up blood and getting severe headaches days later, he said.
He is 22 years old.
The attack was caught on a graphic surveillance video and showed Caliber approaching a man in an orange shirt and black pants. The two seem to shake hands, but the suspect doesn’t let go and throws Caliber to the ground.
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The suspect repeatedly kicks and stomps on Caliber’s head before knocking him unconscious. The suspect goes through Caliber’s pockets, taking his money and personal belongings before walking away, leaving Caliber immobile on the sidewalk.
A bystander who witnessed the attack called 911, police said in a statement. Caliber was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he received treatment for head trauma and facial injuries.
Caliber — who is just about to turn 23 next month — has started a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical expenses and his stolen belongings, which include his iPhone 12, at least $900 in cash and a friend’s car keys that cost $700 to replace, as well as his wallet with his ID and debit cards, he said.
While recovering in the hospital, where he said he’d received multiple MRI tests, he said he’s still “spitting up blood” and getting “severe headaches” due to the attack.
He said he had visited Seattle that weekend to take a “mental break” to visit a friend after suffering injuries in a car accident months earlier.
He said that as he recovers, he is just looking toward celebrating his upcoming birthday.
“I turn 23 at the end of this month and wasn’t expecting any of this to come about, I’ve had some great support from close friends and family which I’m highly thankful for but at this point, I really just want to look forward to enjoying my birthday.”