Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez Was Arrested For Felony Assault On Halloween
Contrary to what history teaches us, Benjamin Franklin "Benny The Jet" Rodriguez did not grow up to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as was foretold in the movie Sandlot. The real guy, Michael Vitar (who was also in two Mighty Ducks movies), is now a 36-year-old Los Angeles firefighter -- and apparently nowhere near the empathetic voice of reason he was in the movies.
On Halloween night, Vitar and two friends spotted a man handing out Halloween candy to kids, then chased him down the street and beat him up.
All three now face felony assault charges, and Vitar could get four years in prison.
LA district attorney's office statement, via LA Weekly:
Carpenter, an L.A. city firefighter, was hosting a Halloween party on Oct. 31 attended by Vitar, another off-duty firefighter, and Molnar, a neighbor. The three allegedly became upset when a 22-year-old man visiting his grandmother in the area was handing out candy to kids as he walked down the street, the prosecutor said.
After chasing the victim down the street, the three defendants reportedly jumped him. They then allegedly forced the victim to the ground before Carpenter choked him, according to the prosecutor.
The motto: Be aware that, when handing out "Fun-Sized Snickers", some people have a different interpretation of the word "fun."
Only other observation: how did this not happen in Boston?
You're killin' me, Smalls!
Carpenter could face seven years if he's successfully prosecuted. Vitar and Molnar could receive four years.
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