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Rescuer recounts Monon Trail attack

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A 64-year-old man was attacked on the Monon Trail this weekend. A 64-year-old man was attacked on the Monon Trail this weekend.
Charles Tewell saw the victim and rushed to his aid. Charles Tewell saw the victim and rushed to his aid.
INDIANAPOLIS -

There's growing concern tonight after an attack on the Monon Trail that targeted a 64-year-old man.

Charles Tewell, a security guard at an area church, came to Jim Knapp's rescue minutes after he was attacked. He told Eyewitness News he saw three teenagers riding on bikes away from the trail, but didn't think anything of it until a few minutes later, when he came to the victim's aid.

That's when Tewell realized he had likely seen the faces of the teens responsible for jumping Knapp.

"What really sickened me, they looked joyful at what they did. They looked like they had accomplished a goal when they were riding off," Tewell said.

He believes the teens responsible for the attack were between the ages of 13 and 16. His focus, though, soon turned to Knapp, who said was bleeding on the ground.

"He was actually trying to talk. Like I said, it was like a sports player who has a concussion, will talk to you, but they're not all there. That's kind how he looked," said Tewell. "I kind of moved over to him and said, 'Sir, can you understand me? Don't move.' He was trying to get up. I was like, 'Don't move. Just lay there. We're going to get 911'," recalled Tewell.

Tewell said a passerby called 911 on his cell phone while someone else came over to an emergency box nearby and pushed the button for help.

"I've heard stories of them not working, so for the incident that happened at the time and for that to work, I ain't gonna say it was a miracle...it was just, flipped the coin and got good luck," said Tewell.

He says the emergency response was quick.

"It didn't take long at all. The paramedics showed up, firefighters showed up, IMPD showed up," said Tewell.

Knapp got out of the hospital Monday. With a concussion, a broken clavicle, broken ribs and cuts on his body, the healing could take awhile. His wife told Eyewitness News her husband doesn't remember the teens jumping him.

Tewell said he hopes Knapp will recover quickly and hopes the three teens who injured him are found and charged.

"They need to be strict and really tough on them. Because somewhere, these past few generations feel its okay to disrespect elders, disrespect people, especially now and bold in broad daylight," said Tewell.

IMPD says, right now, they have no suspects in the case.

Cameras not working

A spokesperson with the Department of Homeland Security says two security cameras on the Monon Trail are not working.

Marion County Homeland Security spokesperson Elia James tells Eyewitness News two of the four surveillance cameras on the trail in Indianapolis are out of service. She said the cameras were also not working when Knapp was attacked on the trail Sunday.

The cameras are scheduled for emergency repair, though James did not know when those repairs will be completed.

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