A man who escaped the drug war in Colombia was beaten by a thug with a baseball bat who accused his son of being an Isis terrorist, a video shows.
Sergio Estepa was left with a cracked rib and a massive bruise on his side after he defended his son when a man identified as Mark Phillips, 36, launched the horrific attack in front of his familly.
The shock footage shows Phillips walk up to Mr Estepa in the horror attack in a car park near London, Ontario in Canada while wielding the weapon, CBC reported.
Mr Estepa was with his partner Mari Zambrano and their son, 13, and a friend during the frightening assault, which one of the group filmed.
Phillips is shown approaching the group aggressively while saying: “Give me that phone… You’re under arrest… You’re a terrorist.”
He then got closer and asked Mr Estepa what he has in his pocket. Mr Estepa replied: “Stay away from me.”
Phillips then starts yelling, “Terrorist. Terrorist. We have a French terrorist here,” and “ISIS! ISIS! We have ISIS right here,” he says, referring to the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
He then swings the bat, a woman is heard screaming and the camera falls.
“Stay away from me,” the man with the camera says.
Mr Estepa said the man was trying to attack their son, who was not named.
The video of the horror assault was shared on Instagram by the user mariuxstepa, who appears to be Ms Zambrano – Mr Estepa’s common-law wife.
The footage was captioned: “13th year son with a baseball bat, and calling him a terrorist.
“As this individual went to hit my son and his father stepped in to prevent this man from beating him. Due to this fact my hubby got the attack on him causing him to have sever bruising to his back, and a broken ribs.”
Mr Estepa later recalled the horror assault captured on camera.
“He started saying we don’t belong here, that we are speaking French. But we were not speaking French, we were speaking Spanish. We don’t know him.
“Out of the blue this guy starts yelling at us. He called me a terrorist, that I’m ISIS, I don’t know, maybe because of my beard,” Mr Estepa said. “At some point he started to charge my son, and I went in front.”
“Only one person helped us. It happened at 4:30, in a mall with a movie theatre and many stores. It’s quite an active mall. We were surprised that they pretended that nothing happened,” he said.
Mr Estepa said he and Ms Zambrano fled Colombia separately nearly 20 years ago and later met in London, Ontario.
“The reason why we came to Canada is because we lost our country Colombia because of indifference. The war was in the countryside, we live in the city, we don’t care who is killed there. That is the big enemy we have: indifference,” he said.
Phillips was arrested in London, Ontario, several hours after he launched the vicious attack against Mr Estepa, police said.
He was charged with aggravated assault and three counts of assault with a weapon. He was denied bail and will remain in jail until Monday when he is due to appear before Elgin County Courthouse.