CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Authorities say more than a dozen people stood by without calling for help as a man was struck in the head with a brick and repeatedly kicked and stomped at the Transit Mall in downtown Charleston.
Brandon Coltey, 20, of Charleston, remained in critical condition Tuesday evening at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital.
Police found Coltey just after 8 p.m. Monday. He had severe head trauma and was fading in and out of consciousness, said Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives. Coltey's condition continued to worsen during the night, Cooper said.
Surveillance video depicted a disturbing scene, detectives said.
It shows a man in a white jacket approach Coltey from behind, and then strike him in the back of the head with a brick. Coltey falls to the ground and stays down without moving. Then, another man begins beating, kicking and stomping on him.
A bystander tries to hold the man in the white jacket away from Coltey, but he breaks free and kicks Coltey again.
Another man is seen rifling through Coltey's pockets while he lies unconscious. More than 15 people are seen in the video watching, filming and taking pictures of the beating.
The beating went on for three minutes, Cooper said.
Eventually, one person did call for help, but police aren't sure of the caller's identity.
"It's disturbing to see people allow that type of a vicious attack without calling for help," Cooper said.
The lieutenant said detectives have not determined a motive but the video appeared to depict a robbery. An officer is stationed at the transit mall during the day, and that area is frequently patrolled seven days a week, he said.
"It only takes a minute to really hurt somebody," Cooper said.
Police arrested 29-year-old Brandon Douglas and Dana LaFond, both of Charleston, on Wednesday. They're both charged with malicious wounding.