Disabled Houma man beaten and robbed
HOUMA, La. - Cameras mounted on a house near Acadian Drive and Glynn Avenue in Houma captured what police describe as a senseless crime of opportunity.
"A 26-year-old disabled victim was walking on the roadway when he was attacked by two white male suspects," said Police Chief Todd Duplantis.
The video first shows a light-colored Ford Explorer, believed to be driven by the attackers, driving down Acadian.
"There were two guys that approached me, and at first, they asked me for a cigarette," said the victim, who asked that we not use his name. "I told them I didn't smoke, and after that I turned around and started walking home."
Moments later, you can see the attackers grab the victim from behind and throw him to the ground. One man throws more than six punches to the victim's face, but it didn't end there.
"The short guy ran up to me as soon as I hit the ground and tasered me to the back of my neck and he kept telling me to stay down, stay down," said the victim. "I didn't try to get back up. I didn't try to fight."
"Why would you tase him?" asked Duplantis. "At one point, you can actually see one of the suspects leave and come back and hit the victim with such a horrendous hit that the victim hit the back of his head."
The attackers stole the victim's cell phone and wallet before jumping back inside the Ford Explorer and taking off.
Dazed and confused, the victim walked off, but ended up in the hospital.
"I had a busted lip," he said. "They told me my nose was broken, and I was having trouble seeing out of my eyes. I'm still having trouble walking straight."
The victim said he had never seen the attackers before, and he has no idea who they are. Police are hoping someone in the small community will see the video come forward with information.
"We believe it's important for the people to view this to see what occurred so we can identify these two individuals and bring them to justice," Duplantis said.
"The only think I ever wanted was to be left alone, and they couldn't even do that," said the victim.
Police are looking for the attackers and a third person, who they believe was driving the Ford Explorer.
Once caught, police say they'll be booked with armed robbery and second-degree battery.