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UPDATE: Beating Victim Faces Alleged Attackers for First Time

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

UPDATE 6/26/13 @ 10:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The victim in a high-profile beating case faced his attackers for the first time Wednesday.

Brandon Coltey says he has no memory of the entire ordeal, which happened in March.

Police say Brandon Douglas and Dana Lafond beat Coltey in the KRT Transit Mall.

Coltey spent more than a week in the hospital.

The case is now headed to a grand jury.



UPDATE 3/7/13 @ 7 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The surveillance video of a brutal beating is raising questions about responsibility to act when witnessing such violence.

The video shows about a dozen people watching for a full three and half minutes before someone calls 911 for help.

The attack happened a little before 8 p.m. Monday at the Transit Mall.

The beating was so brutal responders had to rush Brandon Coltey, 21, to the intensive care unit at Charleston Area Medical Center. Brandon has remained there since the incident.

Coltey’s family has remained with Brandon since the attack. They say the most difficult part of watching the video is seeing no one help Brandon.

“Here's the thing, it could have been anybody, it could have been you, it could have been a brother,” said Victor Coltey, the victim’s father.

Joann McGuire has lived in the Transit Mall area for 24 years.

“I was quite upset to learn about [the beating] on the news because all these people were standing by and didn't try to make any effort to help this young man,” McGuire said. “And the bottom line is he could have been killed.”

Charleston Police say while standing by and not calling for help may be wrong, it isn’t illegal.

“Unfortunately there isn't a law that covers a situation where people or a person watches something like this take place and doesn't call for assistance or call 911,” Lt. Steve Cooper said.

Donald Slusher, who said he never walks alone at night around the Transit Mall, said he wishes more could be done.

“I could have had my phone out and calling 911 in 5 seconds and not just doing that should be a misdemeanor or something. Fine somebody.”

Nikcaria Henry said if she were there she also would have called but understands why some that night didn’t.

“Around here the way you grow up is you mind your business,” Henry said. “If it ain't got nothing to do with you, you stay out of it.”



UPDATE 3/6/13 @ 7 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) --Two men face charges after a brutal beating Monday.

Brandon Douglas and Dana Lafond both face malicious wounding charges. Lafond also faces first-degree robbery charges.

Surveillance caught the entire attack. Police say Douglas and Lafond hit Brandon Coltey over the head with a brick before stomping on his body. Several minutes after the attack, Lafond allegedly robbed Coltey.

Before his arraignment, Douglas apologized to Coltey's family for the beating that sent the young father to intensive care.

"I just want to apologize for my actions and hope everything goes well with Brandon in the hospital," Douglas said. "Tell her I'm sorry about what happened," he said, referring to Coltey's 3-month-old daughter.

Lafond, however, completely denied any involvement, saying the surveillance doesn't show him.

"What are you talking about?" Lafond said before his arraignment. "Did what?" he added.

The vicious attack happened a little before 8 p.m. Monday at the popular Transit Mall.

Coltey's family said the two men should face stiffer charges.

"When you get into a fight, that's malicious wounding," said Coltey's fiancée Kendra Coltey. "But when you put someone in the hospital …"

Kendra said Brandon is slowly recovering but is still in critical condition.

Douglas and Lafond are scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 18. Their bond is each at $15,000 each.



UPDATE 3/6/13 @ 12:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people are facing charges after a brutal beating at the Transit Mall in Downtown Charleston.

Police say Brandon Douglass and Dana Lafond were arrested Wednesday morning. They have both been charged with malicious wounding.

Charleston Police say Brandon Cotley was hit with a brick, then stomped on and robbed.

Cotley is currently in the ICU. His family says he is showing signs of recovery. They say he is breathing on his own, but doesn't know what happened.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/6/13 @ 11:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An arrest has been made in connection with a brutal beating that happened at the Transit Mall in Charleston.

The beating happened Monday around 8 p.m. and was all caught on surveillance camera.

Charleston Police say Brandon Cotley was hit with a brick, then stomped on and robbed.

Cotley is currently in the ICU. His family says he is showing signs of recovery. They say he is breathing on his own, but doesn't know what happened.

Charleston Police have not released the name of the person arrested, or what they are charged with.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/5/13 @ 7:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston man will spend a second night in intensive care after a brutal beating Monday.

Brandon Coltey, 21, was beaten then robbed Monday at the Transit Mall. Police said it happened shortly before 8 p.m.

Surveillance of the attack shows two men hit Coltey in the head with a brick before stomping on him. After beating him up for several minutes, one of the victims robbed him.

On Tuesday, his family and fiancée waited at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) where they say he is showing signs of recovery. Brandon’s fiancée, Kendra Coltey, tells WSAZ.com that Brandon is now breathing on his own. Overall, Kendra says Brandon has made a lot of progress since being admitted.

May Coltey, Brandon’s mother, said she is confident he will make a full recovery.

“He’s pushing through,” May said. “He’s got to. He's getting married soon ... He has a lot to look forward to.”

Charleston Police are investigating whether the incident was random.

“It looked a bit personal,” Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said. “One of the victims appeared to be upset before the altercation.”

Police say Brandon has been in trouble with the law before, but his mother said after the birth of his 3-month-old daughter, Serenity, he changed his ways.

“He might have had his ups and downs when he was younger, but when he had that baby it changed him,” May said. “He's a whole different man now.”

No one had been arrested as of Tuesday night.


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