Filipino-American Man Left In Critical Condition After Brutal Assault in Atlanta
On April 22, 2017, Mark Calub and three of his friends were the victims of a vicious assault by four men in Atlanta, Georgia. The suspects are believed to be a group of four men of African-American descent that drove away in the Old Fourth Ward area of Atlanta in a Dark Nissan Armada on the morning of Saturday, April 22.
On April 27, video surveillance capturing the suspects was released by police officers.
A witness at the scene of the crime said he had seen a man laying on the ground, not moving, and bleeding from his head. When the ambulance arrived, they found Calub alert and conscious, but was unable to speak as he was bleeding profusely from his mouth.
The friends who were with Calub also reported injuries. Christopher Mason was punched first and knocked out cold. David Fang was punched in the cheek but was able to escape in order to seek help from a passing driver. Fang, now with a “huge knot on his left eye”, called 911.
Mason told police that he was speaking with Calub and Fang when he was suddenly knocked out. When he came to, he remembered seeing four men standing above him and his friends in a square formation. Mason and Fang both refused medical treatment according to the police report.
Meanwhile, at the hospital, Calub was placed in critical condition. According to a spokesperson for the family, “Mark was in critical condition for a while, but has been stabilized. However, it’s going to be a long recovery”.
Azineth Pangilinan, a relative of Mark Calub’s, said this of the attack:
“Mark was visiting a friend in Atlanta for the first time, and out of nowhere he and his friends were attacked as they walked down the street. What was supposed to be an enjoyable and memorable trip turned into a nightmare, and Mark is now in critical condition far away from home. Mark is a well-loved brother, son and friend to so many, and we are beyond devastated by this tragedy.”
Calub was visiting Atlanta from Los Angeles, and he is currently hospitalized far away from home in Georgia.
Family members are urging anyone who has any information to contact the Atlanta Police Department at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637, message the Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta FaceBook page, or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org; any information leading to the arrest of Calub’s attackers will yield a $5,000 reward. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Those who wish to donate to Calub’s medical bills can do so on the youcaring.com page the family has set up for him. The family is also asking for privacy during this difficult time; a Facebook page can be followed for any updates on Calub’s condition, and any media requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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