Fort Wayne man knocked out trying to break up fight

A Fort Wayne man trying to break up a street fight is knocked cold from his motorcycle and it's all caught on camera. Fortunately he's alive to tell his story.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 10:04 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2019 1:52 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Marvin Sprowl thought he'd take his motorcycle for one last ride Tuesday before selling it. Instead, he ended up with a concussion, bruises, and bleeding from his head.

The 62-year-old Sprawl said he was trying to pull out of his driveway when he saw two women fighting in the street in front of him.

"I said you gotta stop this crap or I'm going to call the cops," Sprowl said. 

He said that's when two men confronted him. 

"Two guys came up. One on the left one on the right, and the one on the left said call the cops huh? I said just clear the way. Something happened to me and I went down. I blacked out. The bikes on me. There's blood on my hands. 'What's this blood on my hands?' and then I got kicked," he explained.

Within hours of the incident, a video was posted on social media.

It appears to show the moment he was hit. We've reached out to the man who shot the video and other witnesses but have not received any response.

Sprowl watched it for the first time Wednesday as our camera rolled. In the video, you see an oxygen tank on Sprowl's bike.

"I'm on oxygen. I'm on blood thinners. I have a heart condition, so I posed no threat to these people," Sprowl said.

His son Kyle and his girlfriend, Amanda Whisman, saw the video online and grew angry. They quickly discovered others were upset too.

"As soon as I went back to the source of the person who shared that video, I had people contacting me left and right," Amanda Whisman said.

Fort Wayne police tell us they're still investigating and that no one has been charged at this point.

Sprowl's family said they're meeting with the detective Thursday hoping justice will be served.

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