New Jersey police are accusing a former high school wrestling star of going on a bizarre rampage, trying to hit pedestrians on a boardwalk in a stolen buggy as if he were playing a real life game of "Grand Theft Auto."
Lukas Iorio, 20, was arrested Sunday on charges of carjacking, burglary, assault, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief, according to CBS New York.
Witnesses at the Jersey Shore described Iorio as wild-eyed and berserk as he allegedly began attacking bystanders, CBS reported.
The rampage began after the suspect carjacked an electric buggy driven by the Beach Patrol, Police Chief Elliott A. Correia told NorthJersey.com.
Iorio allegedly kicked out the windshield of the vehicle, overpowering the two beach officers, before mugging them. He is then accused of taking off down the boardwalk in the vehicle, swerving to hit nearby pedestrians.
“It’s almost like he was role-playing, in, like, ‘Grand Theft Auto,' with the way he took control of the vehicle -- drove down the beachwalk aiming at people and hitting at least one person, crashing the vehicle,” Correia said.
After crashing the vehicle, police said a man went to check on Iorio, only to be punched in the back of the head by the suspect.
Iorio is accused of fleeing the scene and breaking into a residence. Inside someone else's home, the suspect allegedly repeatedly punched a 72-year-old man in the head and face, according to My Fox NY. The man's family members were able to restrain Iorio until police arrived.
The suspect's father, Tony Iorio, told CBS New York that he was sick to his stomach over the news.
"You know, he's not a criminal; he's a kid who did something really, really stupid," Iorio said. “The kid’s never, ever been in trouble before. The kid’s a scholar athlete. He had a 95 average at Bergen Catholic. I don’t know what happened.”