Updated: November 08, 2019 05:22 PM
Created: November 08, 2019 05:13 PM
A 23-year-old man has been charged with first-degree assault in the beating of a 75-year-old man who had asked that the man and his friends keep their voices down on the bus, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
A news release states Leroy Davis-Miles was arrested Thursday and is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday. He faces up to 20 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.
The victim is in critical condition with a serious brain injury and may not survive.
According to the criminal complaint, on Wednesday afternoon, the victim boarded a Metro Transit bus, as did Davis-Miles and other people with him. During the ride, the bus surveillance video captured the victim asking the group to not be so loud. The young men became hostile towards the vicitm and threatened to beat him when he got off the bus.
When the older man got off the bus at the Chicago-Lake Transit Center, the group who threatened the man also exited the bus. The complaint states that surveillance video and witnesses indicated that after walking parallel to the victim for a short distance, Davis-Miles walked up to him and punched him once. The victim fell backward and hit his head on the pavement.
Davis-Miles and one of his companions shook hands in a congratulatory manner, according to the release, and then several of them rummaged through the unconcious man's pockets. The complaint states police used facial recognition software to put a name to the person seen in the video. Once Davis-Miles was identified, a search warrant was obtained and he was arrested at his residence.
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