New York man punched for looking like Shia LaBeouf
A New York man is tending to a black eye after he was allegedly punched on the subway because he looks like Shia LaBeouf, PEOPLE confirms.
Mario Licato, 26, was walking down the subway stairs at the northeast corner of Essex and Delancey streets on Saturday when a man in his 20s punched him in the face, a New York Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
“[He] stated, ‘This is because you look like Shia LaBeouf,'” an NYPD spokesman says.
Police are investigating the incident as an assault and no arrests have been made.
Licato took to Instagram over the weekend, posting a photo of his bruised left eye.
“I wanna thank the guy who randomly decided he needed to hit me last night,” Licato wrote alongside the photo.
“‘This happened bc you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf.’ Well sir you boosted my self esteem bc he’s p hot.”