Two teen girls arrested after 62-year-old man attacked in Facebook video

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Police arrested two teenage girls accused of attacking a 62-year-old man in front of his Syracuse, New York home.

The man told police he was assaulted Wednesday afternoon after politely asking a group of teens sitting on his lawn to leave. What happened before the video was recorded is not clear.

Cellphone footage of the resulting confrontation, which has since gone viral on social media, shows one of the girls punching the man twice in the head, according to WSTM-TV.

He tries to run after her, but a second girl spins him around as several teens laugh, one recording with his phone. The man continues to give chase, but stumbles and falls face-first in the street, his cane sliding away from him.

Warning: This video contains graphic language, some people may be disturbed by the content.

Cellphone video of the alleged assault has been viewed more than 1 million times on Facebook. The footage has spread so widely that the man in the video says he’s been contacted by relatives in Ireland who saw it.

The  girls, ages 14 and 15, face third-degree assault charges. They aren’t being named because they are juveniles and were allowed to leave with their parents after receiving appearance tickets..

The mother of one of the girls told WSTM that she wants to apologize to the man, saying what her daughter did was uncalled for. She says her daughter will face the consequences and is accepting full responsibility.

The man says he suffered a bruised eye in the attack and is recovering.