Disabled man beaten and robbed; suspects still at large

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 3:33 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

HOUMA, La. - Houma Police are investigating the horrific beating, tazing and armed robbery of a disabled man.

It happened just after 1 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Acadian Drive and Glynn Avenue.

Kenneth Matherne, 26, said he was simply walking home from his grandfather's trailer park when a tan Ford Explorer passed by.

“He stopped and asked me for a cigarette. I don't smoke,” said Matherne. “After that, I turned around and kept walking.”

Then, the unthinkable happened.

“One of them came up behind me and slammed me to the ground, just like that.”

Surveillance video from a nearby home shows a tan Ford Explorer scoping out Matherne. Then, two young white males get out of the vehicle and begin beating him.

Then one of the criminals appears to tase Matherne as he lies helpless. The man with the stun gun begins to walk away, but returns to punch Matherne again.

The criminals made off with Matherne’s cell phone, and he staggered to a nearby home to call police. He was later taken to a nearby hospital.

Two days later, Matherne is still dealing with the effects. He has two black eyes, a broken nose and a bruised lip. The stun gun burned his neck.

Police say the neighborhood is normally quiet with very low crime. They’re hoping to catch the suspects before they strike again.

“It's very important for us to catch these guys and get them off the street,” said Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis. “Anybody who sees the video, my heart just goes out to the victim.”

Matherne, who is disabled, said this isn't the first time people have preyed on him.

“I've been slammed around before so I know what it feels like. I'm pretty used to it,” he said.

But this time, police say the surveillance video could be an invaluable tool in finding justice for a disabled man just trying to walk home.

Police believe at least three suspects were involved, with one of them driving the getaway car.

Matherne believes his assailants appeared to be teenagers. One of them wore khaki cargo shorts, and both wore white t-shirts. He says one of them was taller than the other.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call Houma Police at (985) 873-6371 or the Bayou Region Crimestoppers at 1-800-743-7433.

 

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