WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Three teens were arrested Sunday night after Winston-Salem police say they assaulted and robbed a 62-year-old man with dementia and Parkinson's disease.
The teenagers are 13, 14 and 15 years old.
Police say the teens approached a man who was visibly physically and mentally disabled on Stafford Village Boulevard just after 6 p.m.
Police say the teens pushed him off a guard rail, then beat him until he was "motionless on the ground." Cops say the teenagers then went for the man's wallet, which was empty.
Police said they received two 9-1-1 calls and arrested two of the teenagers on scene. One they arrested later at a nearby apartment complex.
Police say they confiscated a cellphone from one of the teens and it had video of the assault taking place.
The 14-year-old teenager's father, Samuel Kpogba, defended his son.
"I think it's the friends," Kpogba said. "The friends and the neighborhood."
Kpogba said his son was arrested at his apartment last night.
"I came home and there were like four or five police cars," he said. "He came out the house and they caught him. Talked to him and took him to jail."
Neighbors said they were surprised by the arrest.
"I know he done wrong and everybody needs to be punished for doing wrong," said Cynthia Evans, a neighbor. "I'm not condoning anything that he done."
A judge will decide if the teens are tried as juveniles or adults.
The victim was taken to Baptist Hospital. Police said his injuries are not life-threatening.