Boston teen accused of brutally beating, robbing disabled man

BOSTON (WHDH) - A Boston teen is facing serious charges after police say he brutally beat a mentally and physically disabled man before robbing him Monday afternoon in Downtown Crossing.

Officers were flagged down by 53-year-old Dennis Turner at the intersection of Temple Place and Washington Street around 4:30 p.m. and he told them that four men had jumped him a short while earlier.

The men punched Turner in the face, knocked him to the ground, kicked him and then took off with his cell phone, according to the Boston Police Department.

Turner has a cast on his leg, uses a cane to walk and believes the men attacked him because of his disabilities.

“I think the reason why they attacked me is my inability to fight back,” he told 7News.

Surveillance cameras on the corner of Winter and Tremont streets showed Turner being beaten near a Bank of America ATM.

One of the suspects, later identified as 19-year-old Norjay Bryan, took off running when officers tracked him down, police said. He was found to be in possession of Turner’s phone and was placed under arrest.

“For some reason, when I walked up the street, the guy that had jumped me was standing on the corner,” Turner said. “I immediately pointed him out.”

Bryan is charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery on a disabled person and receiving stolen property.

“That’s really evil, man, for four people to jump on a person who had just broken their leg,” Turner said. “That’s just real demonic.”

Bryan was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Tuesday and ordered held on $2,500 bail. He is due back in court in September.

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