More suspects sought in beating

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Police are looking for help in identifying two or three more young men involved in the brutal beating and robbery of a 62-year-old newspaper delivery man.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7463.

Beloit Police Capt. Vince Sciame said police are having difficulty identifying the other people involved in the attack that occurred around 8:31 p.m. on Sept. 18. According to a criminal complaint there were 10 to 15 males gathered around in the area of the assault, although Sciame said probably only a few of them were actively involved.

On Wednesday, Sciame said the victim of the assault had been moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility since he’s having trouble regaining the ability to walk.

Darren L. Burston, 23, of the 200 block of Liberty Avenue, and Chad L. Shipp, 18, of the 1200 block of Hinsdale Avenue, were arrested for being party to the crime of aggravated battery to an elderly person and party to the crime of robbery with use of force.

A 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male also were arrested in connection with the crime.

On Sept. 18 a Beloit Police officer was dispatched to the intersection of Copeland and Porter Avenue. The newspaper delivery man was on the ground behind his vehicle, fading in and out of consciousness. The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital for extensive facial injuries. When interviewed at the hospital, the victim was too disoriented to remember the incident.

Police interviewed witnesses on scene who said that at 8:30 p.m. a group of 10 to 15 males age 15 to 17 were standing near the corner of Copeland and Porter avenues. The victim pulled up and parked along the northeast portion of the intersection on Porter Avenue. When the victim opened the trunk of his vehicle, the group of males approached him and began kicking and hitting him. While this occurred, a vehicle traveling southbound on Porter approached Copeland, pulled up and two male blacks exited the vehicle and joined in the activity. While the victim was on the ground, the attackers began going through his pockets. A subject wearing a red hooded sweat shirt with a thin beard threatened to kill the victim.

The officer responded to the BP Gas Station at 1771 Park Ave. where he was advised there was a disturbance and observed a male wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a thin beard walking north. The officer was able to obtain surveillance video photographs of the individuals who had entered the store which occurred immediately after the assault on the victim.

Detectives later obtained video footage of the assault from a witness. The witness said they punched the man at least 20 times and kicked him in the face and ribs at least five times. The video surveillance has subjects shouting to turn the victim over and “Wait, wait, wait. There’s quarters. Wait, wait.”

When interviewed by police, Burston said he gave some of the money he stole from the victim to friends and ordered pizza using the victim’s debit card as well as a laptop and two cell phones.

Based upon court records, Shipp was convicted of felony possession with intent to deliver narcotics as a repeater in July of 2012. Shipp was also convicted of felony burglary in September of 2012.

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