Man Randomly Starts Punching Young Boys In Face At Target Store

Jeff Hardcastle has been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, battery, and child cruelty.

Lodi, CA – A convicted felon is being held on $2.3 million bond after he allegedly punched two young boys in their faces in a random drug-fueled attack at a Target store.

Lodi police said that the brutal, unprovoked assaults were captured by store security cameras, KOVR reported.

“Most of our officers have said this is one of the most disturbing videos that they have ever seen,” Lodi Police Department (LPD) Detective Michael Hitchcock told the news outlet.

The video showed 51-year-old Jeff Hardcastle as he “walked up to an 11-year-old and a 5-year-old and punched them both in the head,” the LPD said in a Facebook post on Aug. 29.

A witness said that she heard screaming as she was shopping, and then saw a woman “cradling” a five-year-old boy, KOVR reported.

“He was screaming for a pretty long time and it was pretty loud,” she recalled. “It rang through the whole store.”

The injured boy was inconsolable, and his mother was frantic.

“He was just completely [in a] fetal position, curled up in her lap, and she was just breaking down,” the witness explained. “He was crying and sobbing and she was crying.”

After attacking the children, Hardcastle fled from the store and hid behind an electrical box behind the business, according to the LPD.

Officers arrested him on charges of disorderly conduct, battery, and child cruelty, KCRA reported.

He was also determined to be under the influence during the attack, according to police.

“The kids didn’t look like they did anything at all to provoke the attack, and he never told us why he decided to punch the kids,” Det. Hitchcock told KOVR.

Both boys are expected to make a full recovery.

According to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Hardcastle has spent time in prison in the past and has two prior “strike” convictions, KCRA reported.

“The District Attorney reaffirms today that the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office takes very seriously any assault committed upon a child and will prosecute these crimes to the full extent of the law,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement to The Record.

Hardcastle is being held on $2.3 million bail, and is due back in court on Sept. 16, KCRA reported.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Immediately mentioning he was on drugs. Who cares. He's lucky someone didn't beat his ass to death.

regnier
regnier

He will be out of jail in days with time served in California

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

I think we need to take a leaf out of Duterte's book and just start executing drug addicts on sight.

karenek
karenek

Those poor little boys. It will take a LONG time for them to get over this. I hope they get help for their emotional health.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Drugs are responsible for almost 63% of All Crimes, directly or Indirectly, in this country,,,and Street drugs are Illegal. Now, What does the left do abou this problem...they legalize Street drugs thinking THAT will solve things. This POC needed to be put in a cage and kept there, he will NEVER be a productive member of society. He should be planting trees in Montana in the winter and West Texas in the Summer.

John Q Citizen
John Q Citizen

“The District Attorney reaffirms today that the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office takes very seriously any assault committed upon a child and will prosecute these crimes to the full extent of the law,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement to The Record." That may be so, but the important aspect will be the length of the sentence.

JohnP
JohnP

Thank you Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and the CA legislature. Thanks to Propositions 47 and 57, along with AB109, this upstanding citizen was allowed to walk free among the public. CA is so F'd...

Justretired
Justretired

Needs to be put in cell with Bubba or Tyrone that has kids of their own and see how it works out! Inmates don't take to kindly to abuse/assault on children for the most part.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Those liberal pussies in CA just got a taste of the shithole they created. I hope he does get out in a few days. Serves them right. Time for the snowflakes to connect the dots!

Rowdyone*
Rowdyone*

If he was illegal, he'd already be out!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

People CHOOSE to take drugs.They KNOW what happens when they do. There is no excuse, no blaming the opiod crisis, no blaming anyone but THEMSELVES. So sick of people not accepting responsibility for their actions. You don't hurt anyone, much less, little kids who don't have a chance or ability to protect themselves. Throw this arse in jail and NEVER let him out........ever !

Justretired
Justretired

Just caught a 4 foot canebreak rattle snake, 11 buttons. Kinda reminds me of this peice of shit.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Uh oh, times to make drugs illegal... wait they already are!!! Oh well time to ban hands and arms since they were used in a Crime. What? That ridiculous? Well now you know how you anti gun people sound when you bring up trying to ban guns. This guy should be put on public display, bound and blindfolded. That way he won’t know when it’s coming and any random person can take a shot at him. After all that’s what he did, he hit helpless boys who were never expecting to get attacked and had no chance of defending themselves. Then, he can go to jail.

Hartshorn
Hartshorn

A WOMAN USED A KNIFE ON TWO LITTLE CHILDREN AND THEY KNEW HER NOT. NOW THIS.

sonnyboy1
sonnyboy1

Oh, oh. DM for shame using the term 'convicted felon'. Haven't you heard that now, in California, the term has been changed to 'returning resident' or 'justice-involved person'? Pathetic, isn't it? Good for you defense Maven, calling a spade a spade.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Sounds to me like this drugged-up child-abuser qualifies for a job in government in California. Don't know how he could do any worse than the other politicians and at least we would know where he works.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Whilst walking on lawns I have sometimes accidentally stepped in something left by my dog. That “something” is more useful and less offensive than Jeff Hardcastle.

Kmcwilliams116
Kmcwilliams116

Why are we babysitting our felons ? Free cable, air conditioner, computers, library, school.... They need to be working. Helping their state save money & not hanging out, not enjoying their cell phone or drink... no one knows about 🙄. Working in gardens, making car tags.... they get out expect the same. Some one to take care of them. Unfortunately I have a front row seat. Get a job & feed yourself !!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Unfortunately this is Commiefornia, so all this "we take these matters seriously" is a bunch of bullshit!! Although I am surprised at the $2.3 million bail. But all that does, is keep him in jail till his court date. But because he is a convicted felon, they should just take him out back and put 2 in his head!!

Streetbob
Streetbob

You see this why responsible people carry open or concealed. He would have been bagged, tagged, and dragged to the morgue if that would have been my child or anyone elses

Snodog
Snodog

According to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Hardcastle has spent time in prison in the past and has two prior “strike” convictions, KCRA reported.

I'm curious did a liberal judge reduce those 2 sentences?

Either way he's very lucky I wasn't around.

Golobki
Golobki

Let's please try to remember that California officials don't refer to hoodlums as convicted felons.

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

Hey look, I think he looks just like one of those MS13 pos that Nancy Pelosi said has “sparks of divinity!” CaliFORNICATE is swirling g down the toilet with the 💩

Woobie46
Woobie46

This guy should be put into the gen pop and the others should be told what he did. And that's how we roll, folks!

Consigliere187
Consigliere187

He pled and was sentenced to 9 years in state prison.