VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A self-proclaimed schizophrenic who was seen beating up a man in his underwear inside a Vancouver Starbucks Tuesday morning said the altercation happened after the victim stole his TV remote, court documents show.
Starbucks customer Santino Filipelli captured video of James Neal following the underwear-clad man into the coffee shop.
Two bystanders jumped into action after Roldan Robledo was shoved and knocked to the ground. They were able to restrain Neal, but not before he aimed a final kick at Robledo’s head.
Neal appeared in Clark County Court on Wednesday.
He allegedly told court officials he is a diagnosed schizophrenic who also suffers from bipolar disorder, records show.
According to court documents, Neal said he broke into Robledo’s apartment because he believed the man broke into his own apartment and stole his Comcast TV remote.
Neal is accused of punching and kicking Robledo inside his apartment, before he ran away to a nearby Starbucks. After the altercation inside the coffee shop, Robledo was taken to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries, court records show.
“I was pretty scared… I didn’t know where to go,” Robledo said. “He got me on my eye and on the bridge of my nose… I am feeling sore and just tired and traumatized.”
Neal is facing charges of second-degree assault and second-degree burglary.
The 35-year-old suspect is being held on $25,000 bail.