Teen Accused of Punching 71-Year-Old Man Who Allegedly Asked Him to Stop Smoking Near Kids at Valencia Park

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A teenager pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he physically assaulted a 71-year-old man who allegedly asked him to stop smoking at a park in Valencia because there were young children nearby.

Tanner Ian Smith, 18, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of battery on an elder and battery, a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated.

The alleged assault occurred Monday after the victim asked a group of people to stop smoking around the children, according to the DA’s office.

The group allegedly laughed and insulted the victim who then took their picture, the release stated.

The complaint charged Smith with punching the victim in the face, which knocked him to the ground.

Smith was being held on $20,000 bail and was scheduled to return to court on May 23, the DA’s office stated.

A protective order was also issued to keep Smith away from the park and the victim.

If convicted as charged, Smith faced a possible maximum sentence of one year in county jail and $1,000 fine.