Passers-By Ignore 86 Year-Old WW II Vet’s Call for Assistance After Savage Beating at Detroit Gas Station
An 86 year-old World War II veteran was savagely beaten and had his car stolen at a Detroit gas station last week. Passers-by ignored his calls for assistance as he crawled across the lot to safety.
CBS Local reported, via Free Republic:
A man who police say assaulted and carjacked an 86-year-old World War II veteran is behind bars Friday morning.
Detroit Police say the 21-year-old suspect was arrested around 1 a.m. Friday.
Aaron Brantley was on his way home from Bible study when he was assaulted in broad daylight and his car was stolen from a BP gas station on McNichols near Fairfield Street last week.
Brantley told The Associated Press said several people passed by him as he crawled, unable to walk because his leg was broken in the attack. He eventually tried to pay a stranger to drive him home, but the man drove him for free, and called an ambulance.
Before making the arrest, police released a video surveillance tape from just before the carjacking.
Video below the fold
The video shows a young man enter the building. He appears to be looking outside, although it is not clear what he’s looking at. He then approaches the door, still looking outside. Brantley is then seen walking up to the door, at which point the man steps back to let him inside. After Brantley walks in, the man exits the building, walking in the direction where Brantley was assaulted.