Police: FL utility worker assaulted by man in East Meadow

EAST MEADOW - Police are looking for a man suspected of assaulting an out-of-state utility worker outside an East Meadow steakhouse on Friday.

John Applewhite, 34, of Florida, says he had completed a 13-hour shift repairing storm damage when he and his crew went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. He says that when he got out of his truck, he was assaulted by a man without warning.

He says he suffered a black eye, broken jaw and several other small fractures.

Police say they there is no clear motive for the attack, but that frustration over power outages may have led to the assault.

Officials say they have not made any arrests, but insist the suspect was seen leaving the scene in a BMW.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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