Man accused in unprovoked attack near FSU campus

Joan-Manuel Pouparinas
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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man is facing felony battery charges after police say he attacked a man who was walking near the Florida State University campus.

Joan-Manuel Pouparinas, 21, was arrested Wednesday.

The Tallahassee Police Department says on November 18, a man reported a battery that had occurred around 2 a.m. the previous day near 510 W. Park Avenue.

According to court documents, the victim told police he was walking home from a pizza restaurant on W. College Avenue when he was attacked by an unknown person. The victim said that someone ran up behind him and struck him in the back of the head, then began punching him in the face.

The victim was able to punch back and get away from the attacker. The victim's roommate had also been walking home with him and was able to help pull the suspect off of the victim. The roommate was able to get a picture of the suspect before he ran away.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he received eight staples for a laceration on the top of his head and underwent a CAT scan. The victim also suffered two black eyes.

The photo taken by the roommate helped investigators identify the suspect as Joan-Manuel Pouparinas. Both the victim and roommate also identified Pouparinas as the attacker in a photographic lineup.

Pouparinas was arrested and booked into the Leon County Detention Facility on Wednesday. He was released later the same day on $5,000 bond.

A motive for the attack is unclear.

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