CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two suspects in the brutal beating of a Charleston man at the downtown Transit Mall were arrested Wednesday.
One of the two was apprehended while trying to board a flight out of the state.
The victim, Brandon Coltey, 20, was still in critical condition at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital Wednesday.
Surveillance footage showed at least two men beating Coltey as a crowd stood by doing nothing to help him.
Acting on a tip received Tuesday night, detectives began a search for Brandon Neal Douglas, 29, of Leon Sullivan Way. They caught up with him early Wednesday.
Douglas told them Dana Darnell Lafond, 31, of Washington Street, was the one who struck Coltey in the head with a brick, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Detectives were looking for Lafond when they learned he was at Yeager Airport about to board a flight. Officers hurried to the hilltop airport to catch him before the plane took off.
Investigators rushed past the security gate and caught Lafond at the boarding gate with a one-way ticket to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Brian Belcher, airport spokesman, said a Spirit Airlines flight left Yeager bound for the beach about noon Wednesday. Tickets on that flight went for about $44, he said.
Douglas and Lafond were arraigned hours later in Kanawha Magistrate Court. Both were charged with felony malicious wounding, although Lafond also was charged with first-degree robbery.
Magistrate Ward Harshbarger set their bond at $150,000 property or 10 percent cash.
Douglas asked for a personal recognizance bond at his hearing, but Harshbarger denied his request.