A Burtonsville man is facing up to 30 years in prison after being convicted for the assault of a 32-year-old Rockville man that left the man unconscious and severely injured.
In a Montgomery County courtroom Friday afternoon 33-year-old Niccolo Manzanero of the 2800 block of Duvall Road in Burtonsville was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder for his role in a vicious attack that took place in April 2013 just after 1 a.m. in a parking garage off St. Elmo Avenue in downtown Bethesda.
The parking garage video camera that caught the incident shows three men kicking a man on the ground.
As Manzanero begins stomping on the man’s head, another citizen who has been identified as Dylan Rawls turns the corner from the street, sees what is going on, and immediately puts up his hands in an attempt to stop the attack.
At a news conference Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy praised Rawls.
“But for the intervention of that young man, we are virtually certain that victim would have been beaten to death,” McCarthy said. “He was unconscious. He was being stomped on the head on a concrete floor repeatedly.”
Two other men who took part in the attack pleaded guilty. One has been sentenced to six years in prison and the other eight.
McCarthy said the victim spent two days in the hospital and suffered fractures and cuts to his face.
“Look, I have seen a lot of things,” said McCarthy. “It was shocking to me when I watched what was happening because clearly this man was defenseless and I think it’s a miracle he wasn’t more severely injured than he was. He has a plate in his face.”
Manzanero has a history of arrests for assault. McCarthy said at sentencing he will ask the judge to give Manzanero the full penalty for attempted second-degree murder: 30 years.
It is still unknown what started the attack or if the victim knew his attackers.