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Brothers charged in Roanoke Rapids videotaped assault

Posted September 12, 2012
Updated September 13, 2012

— Two brothers have been charged after investigators say they recorded themselves assaulting an elderly man on Old Farm Road in Roanoke Rapids last December and posted the video to YouTube.

The video shows four men in a car who start laughing as one of them gets out, approaches the victim from behind and slams him to the ground. The victim, who police say is disabled, had been raking leaves in the neighborhood before the assault.

Roanoke Rapids police Maj. Tommy Hathaway said when officers took the initial report in December, they had no leads. But a detective randomly found the video last week on YouTube and launched the investigation.

"It's amazing that people would video such an incident and post it to the World Wide Web," Hathaway said. "It's sad. It's tragic."

On Tuesday, police arrested Marcus Blount, 20, and Antonio Blount, 24, of the 300 block of Madison Street.

Antonio Blount was charged with assault on a handicapped person and jailed under a $2,000 bond. Marcus Blount, who police believe was driving the car, was charged with accessory after the fact and jailed under a $1,500 bond.

Police: Roanoke Rapids men videotaped assault on disabled man Police: Roanoke Rapids men videotaped assault on disabled man

The men told investigators that they assaulted the man in retaliation for an issue involving their family member.

Antonio Blount declined to speak with WRAL News. Neighbors also did not want to comment but said they were shocked to learn about the incident.

The video is no longer on YouTube, but WRAL News showed a copy of it to Roanoke Rapids resident Aaron Patterson.

"I think it was very childish for someone to do something like that, especially pick on someone that's in that condition," he said.

Hathaway said the department has a policy of checking social media to help solve crimes.

"People, I guess, believe they're invisible to the rest of the world," he said.

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  • keshiabethea Sep 17, 10:03 a.m.

    It's racist and racism but isn't that the first thing a racist says.

  • keshiabethea Sep 17, 10:01 a.m.

    Never been a victim and never will. Don't put out a comment if you u don't want someone to comment on it.

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 14, 6:30 p.m.

    Some individuals just insist on being "victims" and not overcomers.

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 14, 6:16 p.m.

    The thing I don't get is keshia doesn't even know my race. LOL! Now that is assumption and assumption is the MAIN ingredient in racism. Assuming you know all about a person based on vague things like a simple use of words (not brazingly obvious) or the color of their skin, etc. All assumptions. :(

  • belovedsparrow Sep 14, 6:07 p.m.

    Thank you dontgetmestarted. I tried to post something saying pretty much that earlier but I guess wral didn't like it.

    I'm truly sick of folks thinking that EVERYTHING someone says is racism.

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 14, 5:30 p.m.

    We could say the same thing about other races as well but we have jobs and families to worry about.

    Example: If I were so inclined I could dissect the above sentence to mean that "other races" do not have jobs and families to worry about but I really do not think that was what you meant. I took it to mean that you don't have time to be bothered with such non-sense however you chose to ignore the entire point I was trying to make and focus on two simple words in my entire post and place some sinister underlying meaning to them. My point is...SOME people would read your words differently. We all can be misunderstood if the person reading our words are LOOKING for a hidden meaning in everything other people are saying. I, personally, don't try to spend my time picking other's apart because I don't particularly enjoy being picked apart myself.

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 14, 5:05 p.m.

    keshiabethea, are you really going to dissect every word and assume that someone is prejudice based on the two words I used together "these people"? I also said "some people" and "these guys". You don't even know what race I am to be making such assumptions over trivial things like which words I used in a particular sentence. This type of thinking, creating issues where there are none is part of the reason why racism still continues to this day. Apart from the obvious offensive words that EVERYONE knows to be derrogatory to ANY race (which no one should use even when refering to their OWN race)I think it absurd to say a certain race simply cannot say "these people" in a sentence or they are racist. I refuse to walk on eggshells for fear of offending anyone as that, IMO, is insulting to the other person to begin with. No one should be that fragile. FYI "these people" was in reference to the individuals in the news story since that is what it REALLY means in the english language.

  • keshiabethea Sep 14, 10:12 a.m.

    what do u mean these people.Not all black people (since I take that's what u mean when you say these people)are criminals or prey or other people as u may think. Some of us do have great work ethic and families that are productive people. We could say the same thing about other races as well but we have jobs and families to worry about.

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 13, 7:33 p.m.

    Strawberry...LOL! Me too! :)))

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 13, 7:01 p.m.

    Really? I cannot believe how ignorant some people can be. Forget the level of indecency it takes to assault an elderly handicapped person and to video tape it while laughing no less, but to then be ignorant enough to post it on YouTube?! I guess we should be thankful for these people's lack of intelligence. No matter what happened to their family member it doesn't justify this. If he did something they should let the proper authorities handle it. This man was raking leaves in the neighborhood no less, didn't say HIS yard but the NEIGHORHOOD. These guys likely never raked a leaf in their lives. They spend too much time "riding dirty". SMH.

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