OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – A man is in custody after a vicious and unprovoked attack on three women in the Plaza District of Oklahoma City. The disturbing incident, which was captured on video, occurred outside a bar in the early hours of last Friday.
The Oklahoma City Police Department released the shocking video footage on Wednesday, showing the perpetrator, identified as Adam Hartico, 33, assaulting two unsuspecting victims near northwest 16th and Gatewood Avenue. According to police, the motivations behind the attack remain unclear, as it was deemed entirely unprovoked.
In the video, Hartico can be seen violently slamming the victims’ heads together before delivering another blow to one of the women on the ground. Despite witnesses attempting to intervene, the suspect managed to flee the scene.
The victims reported suffering head trauma and memory loss, with one of them sustaining a broken nose and severe bruising and swelling on her face. Business owners in the area expressed horror after watching the footage, emphasizing the need for increased safety measures in the district.
Rachael Leonhart, the Executive Director of the Plaza District Association, extended sympathies to the victims and their families, calling the attack “senseless” and “random.” She also highlighted the importance of investing in mental health resources to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Following an intensive investigation, Hartico was promptly identified and arrested on charges including aggravated assault and battery. It was also revealed that he had attacked another woman in a Plaza District parking lot just hours before the assault captured on camera.
The community continues to grapple with the repercussions of this disturbing event, prompting a renewed focus on enhancing safety and mental health resources in the area. The swift action taken by law enforcement underscores the commitment to holding the perpetrator accountable for his reprehensible actions.