Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A black man has been arrested for brutally beating a fellow college student mistakenly suspected of stealing his pair of $200 sneakers
The African-American suspect, identified by police as Kirk Dudley, 18, of Staten Island, New York, surrendered in Wrentham District Court, in Massachusetts, accompanied by his attorney, after an arrest warrant was issued, Franklin Police Chief Stephan Semerjian said in a statement. Authorities have said that the altercation took place in broad daylight at Dean College, outside of Boston, when a group of male students surrounded the victim and the black suspect Dudley punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. Video footage, shot by one in the group and later posted on many Internet sites, shows the beating. After punching him, the assailant can be seen pulling off the victim's shoes and hitting him in the face with them before walking off with the shoes. During and after the altercation, the group of students taunts and laughs at the bloodied, staggering victim, the video shows. Nine students were quickly expelled after the incident at the school. Police charged Dudley with robbery, assault and battery and assault and battery using a dangerous weapon - a shoe.