Word to the wise: don’t look like Shia LaBeouf. It can get DANGEROUS!
A New York man is tending to a black eye after he was allegedly punched on the subway because he looks like… drumroll…Shia LaBeouf. His name is Mario Licato and as you can see in the picture above, he kinda does. In any case, he was walking down the subway stairs at the corner of Essex and Delancey streets on Saturday, minding his own biz on his way to a friend’s show when…blam. PUNCHED IN THE FACE!
“I just saw a fist coming at my face,” Licato says. “And the next thing I know I was, like, falling down the stairs and all I heard was, ‘That’s because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf.’ ”
Licato tells PEOPLE that he was “out cold” for a second and awoke to find his face covered in blood and his glasses broken. He says a couple who witnessed the incident described the assailant as a six-foot or six-foot-three, muscular, “white frat boy.”
“I was like, ‘Am I crazy? Or did he just say that happened because I look like Shia LaBeouf?’ And they were like, ‘That’s exactly what he said,” Licato recounts.
A (very confused) couple helped him to his feet and both the police and EMT officials arrived. Authorities plan to look at surveillance photos from the location, Licato says, adding that he hopes “they figure out who the crazy person was.”As they should. This totally sucks.
That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Mia Goth.