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Md. man convicted in vicious Bethesda parking garage beating

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A Montgomery County jury has convicted a Burtonsville man of attempted second-degree murder after prosecutors produced a video of a vicious attack inside a Bethesda parking garage.

Niccolo Manzanero faces up to 30 years in prison for his role in the assault that left a 32-year-old Rockville man unconscious and severely injured.

It is a beating that only came to an end when a good citizen intervened.

To call the beating vicious is an understatement. The state’s attorney called it “savage.”

The footage begins in a parking garage off St. Elmo Avenue in downtown Bethesda in April a year ago.

It’s just after one in the morning and a group of men are kicking a man on the ground. Standing by watching are people with cameras. Others are screaming.

As Manzanero begins stomping on the man’s head, a good citizen turns the corner from the street, sees what is going on, and immediately puts up his hands in an attempt to stop the attack.

"Quite frankly, I didn't think about it at the time,” said Dylan Rawls in an interview Friday. “I rounded the corner and instinct took over and I saw the guy go limp.”

Rawls, who works at the county courthouse, said he was appalled when a detective first showed him the video. And over a year later, he is not sure what to make of his own actions.

"I would have hoped that anyone would have done that same thing," Rawls said. "It shakes your confidence in people, but I would have hoped anybody else would have done that.”

At a news conference outside the courthouse Friday, State’s Attorney John McCarthy heaped praise on Rawls.

"But for the intervention of that young man, we are virtually certain that victim would have been beaten to death,” McCarthy said. “He was unconscious. He was being stomped on the head on a concrete floor repeatedly.”

Manzanero has a very long record of arrests and run-ins with the law in Maryland.

Two other men who took part in the attack pleaded guilty. One has been sentenced to six years in prison and the other eight.

As for the assault, McCarthy said the victim spent two days in the hospital and suffered fractures and cuts to his face.

He did not testify at trial.

"Look, I have seen a lot of things,” said McCarthy. “It was shocking to me when I watched what was happening because clearly this man was defenseless and I think it’s a miracle he wasn’t more severely injured than he was. He has a plate in his face.”

The state's attorney said Rawls wasn't the only one who stood up for the victim. Three women who were in the garage stayed nearby and assisted police when they arrived.

Manzanero has a history of arrests for assault and the state's attorney said at sentencing he will ask the judge to give the 32-year-old the full penalty for attempted second-degree murder, which is 30 years.

At this point, we still don't know what started the attack or if the victim knew his attackers.

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