Cops: Robbers Post Beating Video to Victim's Facebook

The 'cowards' targeted a man with cerebral palsy
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2015 5:39 PM CST

(Newser) – Two 20-year-olds in Michigan allegedly beat up a man with cerebral palsy and stole his cellphone, the AP reports. But police say they didn't stop there, using the victim's own cellphone to record the beating then posting the video to his Facebook. "To have the audacity to post their actions on the victim's page is beyond belief," says Sheriff Michael Bouchard, who called the suspects "cowards." According to WJBK, the attack happened Sunday morning in the stairwell of 23-year-old Frankie Santana's apartment complex. Santana says the men likely snuck into the building to steal his phone. He tells WJBK they spit and stomped on him, and he was forced to crawl down the hallway looking for help.

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The attackers also allegedly posted the video of the beating—which shows one of their faces—to their own Facebook pages, WJBK reports. According to CBS Detroit, police arrested Nikey Walker and Shadeed Bey in connection with the crime on Monday. They've been charged with home invasion, unarmed robbery, and aggravated assault. The AP reports the victim's phone was found at one of their homes, and they're facing up to 10 years in prison. “Why would they do that and put it on Facebook," Santana asks WJBK. "That’s how you are going to get caught real quickly." (Read more Michigan stories.)

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