The 23-year-old man with cerebral palsy stood in a stairwell at his apartment complex with his hands balled into fists, seemingly in self-defense.
A man then appeared to kick him in the groin and, when the man fell to the ground, called out: “Record it. Hold on, record it.”
Authorities in Oakland County, Mich., say Nikey Dashone Walker and Shadeed Dontae Bey robbed and beat the man and filmed the attack “using the victim’s cell phone” Sunday morning in Pontiac, about 30 miles from Detroit.
The suspects then “proceeded to post the video to the victim’s Facebook page as well as their own personal pages,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.
Walker and Bey, both 20, were arrested Monday.
The victim has not been named.
“Preying on those in our community who suffer from disabilities will not be tolerated and furthermore, to have the audacity to post their actions on the victim’s page is beyond belief,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement. “I am proud of the deputies at the Pontiac Substation and the excellent investigative work that was completed in order to bring these two cowards to justice.”
The suspects have been charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder; home invasion; and unarmed robbery, all of which are felonies. If convicted on all three charges, Walker and Bey could face a maximum 20 years in prison, said Paul Walton, chief assistant prosecutor in Oakland County.
Deputies responded to the Phoenix Place Apartments about 8:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving reports of a wounded man on the ground in front of the building.
Authorities said the suspects stole the victim’s cellphone and he went after them. Walker and Bey then beat the disabled man in the stairwell, authorities said.
“Detectives were advised the suspects had filmed the assault using the victim’s cell phone and then proceeded to post the video to the victim’s Facebook page as well as their own personal pages,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The video shows one man start to kick and punch the victim.
The other man says: “Come on, hold up. Stop, bro.”
The first man replies: “I can’t, n—–.”
One man looks into the camera and announces that the victim is unconscious. The two suspects appear to continue kicking him.
Walker and Bey were arraigned Tuesday in 50th District Court in Pontiac. They are being held on $25,000 bond, according to booking records, and are due back in court Dec. 8.
Authorities said Walker and Bey have criminal pasts. Walker’s criminal history includes unlawful driving away of an automobile; Bey’s includes felony larceny, trespassing, possession of stolen goods, possession of controlled substance and resisting police, according to a police statement.
It was unclear whether the men had attorneys.