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27th Jul 2023

Gardai confirm second teenager’s arrest after assault on US tourist

Ellen Fitzpatrick

A second teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the recent serious assault of a US tourist that took place in Dublin city centre.

57-year-old Stephen Termini was taken into intensive care in hospital after an attack on Store Street on July 19th.

The incident occurred after the man left his guesthouse accommodation on Talbot Street on Wednesday night.

He is currently in intensive care at Beaumont Hospital.

Termini is originally from Buffalo, New York and had dreamed of visiting Ireland one day.

The teenager is now being detained at a north Dublin Garda station.

On Sunday, a 14-year-old boy appeared before a special sitting at the Children’s Court. He was remanded on bail to appear again later today.

Speaking about the horrifying incident, Stephen’s son Mike Rizzuto told RTÉ News that his father had saved up for his trip and had really looked forward to visiting.

“My dad’s mother’s ashes were spread in Ireland in 2002 and he was unable to make it there at the time. His grandfather used to paint murals in Ireland. I’ve been raised with Irish heritage which is very important to my dad.

“Last time I spoke to him he was saving up every penny, doing odd jobs to get over to Ireland. He was talking about playing music in Ireland. That’s where he wanted to be so it really sucks what happened to him,” Mike Rizzuto said.

“He would give you the shirt off his back, he’s a very good man.”

“We just feel helpless at the moment. His sister lives about 10 hours away from me in a different state. My brother and I are trying to come up with a plan so we can all fly over. Even though we can’t do anything, we can try to be there with him at least,” Mike added.

Mike has since set up a GoFundMe to help raise the money needed to be with his father.