A utility worker from Florida is recovering from a broken cheekbone, jaw and nose after being beaten in East Meadow, Long Island last week. John Applewhite, 34, who was in town to help LIPA repair power lines, said that a man asked about the status of power restoration before attacking him, but now detectives—who have arrested a suspect—say the attack seems to have been prompted by Applewhite's public urination on his own truck.

Nassau County police arrested Thomas Libretto, 34, a Levittown resident, for third-degree assault. Newsday reports that "Libretto told them he saw Applewhite urinating in the parking lot, asked him to stop, that words ensued—and then a physical altercation. 'It appears this may be a dispute over a matter that had nothing to do with the employment of the victim,' police said Wednesday morning."

Applewhite had told a TV station that a man in a black BMW inquired about the power and then, "Just as soon as I got within arm's reach of him, he decked me." However, Libretto's mother says, "It had nothing to do with the lights. My son was jumped and attacked because he said something to the guy who was peeing in the parking lot in front of his girlfriend. Maybe that is acceptable in Florida, not here. There were ten guys and my son." She added that her son also suffered injuries.