Teens arrested in beating of disabled Houma man

HOUMA, La. - It's a crime caught on surveillance video that left an entire community on edge.

"It appears this was a crime of opportunity," says Chief Todd Duplantis.

A 26-year-old disabled man, Kenneth Matherne, was walking home when two teens approached him from behind and threw him to the ground. One threw more than six punches to Matherne's face, but it didn't end there.

"The short one ran up to me as soon as I hit the ground and tased me to the back of my neck," says Matherne.

The attackers stole the victim's cell phone and wallet before they jumped into a Ford Explorer and took off.

Matherne was left with a busted lip, a broken nose and two black eyes, and Houma investigators immediately began working to solve the case.

"They did a lot of work on this. They put a lot of boots on the ground and there was a lot of door knockings," says Duplantis.

It was a Crimestoppers tip that gave police the information they needed to make two arrests. Drake Mobley, 17, and Tre Paul Britton, 19, were taken into custody.

"I'm happy cuz the guys got caught. They finally got busted," says Matherne.

Matherne is doing a lot better today.

"I don't know who turned them in, but I'm glad they did," he says.

When people in the community first saw the video, they couldn't believe what had happened. There was an outpouring of support for the victim.

"This is a bike that the State Police gave to me," says Matherne.

People also began donating money to Crimestoppers to increase the reward. They also gave Matherne gifts, one of which came from a business owner in Slidell.

"He gave me a $500 gift card to Walmart, and I called him yesterday and thanked him for that," says Matherne.

Matherne says he also met with the man who happened to capture video of the attack on his home surveillance system.

"When I went to see him, he gave me $60 for a Christmas present," says Matherne.

While he's been through a lot, Matherne says the generosity of the community has lifted his spirits and he couldn't be more thankful.

Police say their investigation is not over. They now want to find the driver of the vehicle used as a getaway car the night of the attack.