23-year-old man charged with assault in beating of 75-year-old, who 'may not survive'

Attorney's Office: Victim asked defendant and friends to keep their voices down on the bus

Sloane Martin
November 08, 2019 - 5:14 pm

Hennepin County Sheriffs Office

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A 23-year-old Minneapolis man identified with facial recognition software is charged with first-degree assault in a beating of an elderly man.

Prosecutors say it started when the 75-year-old victim asking that Leroy Davis-Miles and his friends keep their voices down on the bus. 

The victim is in critical condition with a serious brain injury, and the Hennepin County attorney's office says he may not survive.

Bus surveillance showed Davis-Miles becoming "hostile" toward the victim and threatening to beat him when he got off the bus. The criminal complaint states that surveillance video and witnesses saw Davis-Miles punch him once. The victim fell backward and hit his head on the pavement. 

Prosecutors say Davis-Miles and another companion "shook hands in a congratulatory manner" and then several rummaged through the unconscious man's pockets. 

Davis-Miles is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday. The technology was used to "put a name to the person seen in the video," according to the Attorney's Office. He was arrested Thursday and a search warrant turned up the shoes, pants and jacket seen in the video.

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