May 25, 2009
Miami-Dade, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Police arrested two teen thugs who they believe are responsible for an attack on a wheelchair-bound man earlier this month. Nearby surveillance showed the victim as he was beaten to the ground and then robbed.
Police arrested Royce Simmons, 17, and Xavier Hyland, 13, in connection with the May 8 robbery and battery of a wheelchair-bound elderly man that was caught on camera.
According to police, the teens attacked the man in the middle of the afternoon.
66-year-old Celedono Carrera was headed home, riding his motorized wheelchair, when one of the teens attacked from behind. The teen punched and kicked the victim as he struggled to defend himself. The teen then fled after obtaining Carrera's wallet.
A second teen, seeing the handicapped man on the ground, immediately followed with a second attack on Carrera. The attack lasted less than a minute before the teen had Carrera's necklace. Both teens fled the scene, leaving Carrera battered on the ground.
The entire robbery was recorded by surveillance camera, which was released a few days later to the media. After following up on leads, authorities arrested Simmons and Hyland just a few blocks from the scene of the attack.
The two teens have been charged with strong armed robber and battery on an elder.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
I rarely post the mugshots of teens on this site - particularly that of a 13-year-old. I'm making an unapologetic exception in this case. I think the exposure is well earned.
I will however keep a tight reign on racial remarks... Let's not make that the point of the story.
The Weekly Vice
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