Police say Friday, October 6th at about 8:00 p.m. along the 2800 block of the Monon Trail, four teenagers picked Arthur as their victim. The waited for him to come near then beat him and stole his bicycle.
"I was real sad to find out that it was teenagers," Arthur said.
"After he was struck across the head with a two by four he fell to the ground at which time he was punched and kicked numerous times," said Detective James Quigley of the Indianapolis Police Department. "Mr. Arthur could have very easily been killed that night, he could have been one kick from being killed that night."
Police arrested three of the four teens. A 14-year-old, a 15-year-old, and 16-year-old Montaz Lewis. Lewis is the only one facing adult felony charges for robbery and battery. The other two will face charges in juvenile court.
"The 16-year-old unfortunately almost seemed proud of his act," said Detective Quigley. "In all my years doing this job this is probably one of the most heinous crimes I have seen."
But somehow, Mr. Arthur says he's already forgiven the teens. "I mean what's going on in their lives, you know, that at 14, 15, 16 years of age they are making a decision like this that is going to affect them for the rest of their life," Arthur said.
Police are still looking for the fourth teen, a black male who police say goes by the street name "Bootsy." He's described as about 6 feet tall between 16 and 18 years old. If you have information on this case call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
Excuse me, but I think a person who severely beats a person unconscious to steal his bicycle and money, and then covers his body in a pile of rubble and leaves him there to die committed something worse than robbery and battery.