A man identified as
Licato received the punch on Saturday, April 23, 2016, which left him unconscious for a while.
The doppelganger narrated in an interview with Gothamist said that he was just leaving a subway station around 8 PM on Manhattan’s Lower East Side when he was assaulted.
He said, "I was walking up the stairs,"
"I had my head down — there were people in front of me — just to make sure I wasn't going to fall."
"I didn't even see the guy. I just see his fist coming towards me,” he continued. “It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, 'This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!’”
Licato said a couple who came to his aid after he regained consciousness asked him if he knows the attacker, who rushed to catch a train after the punch.
The victim expressed that he is curious about why someone would attack a look-alike of the Hollywood actor.
"I wanna know what Shia LaBeouf did to him,"
"What did Shia LaBeouf do to him that he punched somebody that looks like him? He must have did something so mean. Did he steal his girlfriend? Did he just see his last performance art piece?”
LaBeouf, who is a 2003 Emmy Award winner is popular for his roles in the movies "Disturbia", (2007) "Transformers" (2007) and "Fury" (2014).
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