Arrest made in connection with beating and robbery of 2 Boston men in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (WHDH) - Police in New Orleans arrested a man in connection with a brutal beating and robbery of two Boston men over the weekend.

Police said four men attacked the two victims from behind as they were walking on Bienville Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter just before 9 p.m. Saturday. The victims, James Curran and Tim Byrne, were knocked to the ground and robbed. Police said the thieves stole phones and wallets and then fled the scene on foot.

Police say the victims were taken to a local hospital. Curran has since been released from the hospital and is back in Boston. Byrne remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Police arrested Dejuan Paul on Monday and charged him with second-degree robbery. They said his arrest has helped them identify the other attackers who were involved.

Officials from the Unitarian Universalist Association of Boston confirmed that the victims are IT staffers at the organization but did not provide any more details.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New Orleans Police at 504-658-6080.

Statement from Unitarian Universalist Association of Boston:

“We know people are understandably concerned about our colleagues who were injured in New Orleans. We want to update you on their condition as of today:

One is now home in Boston. The other remains hospitalized in New Orleans. The hospital informs us that he is in critical, yet stable condition and he is making small, but important improvements. For this we are profoundly grateful.

We ask you continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

A video of the attack can be seen below:

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