Teens arrested for beating man in Henrico McDonald’s

Posted at 1:59 PM, Dec 31, 2013
Rashaan Bates (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Rashaan Bates (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

UPDATE: Rashaan Bates, 19, and a 17-year-old male were arrested and charged in connection to the beating of a homeless man inside the McDonald's along the 7100 block of West Broad Street near Glenside Drive.

Both Bates and the teenager are charged with assault by mob.

The man was attacked Dec. 28, 2013.

Both suspects surrendered to police on Jan. 6, Henrico Police spokeswoman Lt. Linda Toney wrote in an email.

The victim was sleeping when he was approached by the suspects.

Scroll down to read our original report from Dec. 2013.

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- Henrico police released surveillance photos Tuesday that show the suspects accused of assaulting a homeless man in a fast-food restaurant over the weekend.

Police said it happened on Saturday around 4 a.m. when two suspects approached a 40-year-old black male, who was sitting at a table at the McDonald's in the 7100 block of West Broad Street.

The victim was sleeping when he was approached by the suspects. One of them slapped him on the back of his neck before he was beaten by the pair.

Davina Bishop lives close by and knows the victim. She said she was upset when she got news of the assault.

"He used to work with my papa," Bishop said. "He was just a good guy."

The victim sustained minor injuries to his face.

The suspects ran from the business and were picked up in the parking lot by someone driving a dark-colored, four-door vehicle.

Sources told CBS 6 News that the motive was consistent with a "knockout game."

Initial reports indicated the incident may have been recorded by the suspects. However, police said that after reviewing surveillance video, it does not appear the suspects recorded the crime.

The suspects are described as black males, between 16 to 20 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing around 140 to 160 pounds. One suspect was wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt and one suspect was wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt.

If you have information that could help police, call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.