"For the safety of the public, that's a good bond," Harshbarger said of the amount set.
Coltey, of Charleston was waiting for a bus Monday evening at the Transit Mall when he was attacked. He was on his way home after his shift at the One Stop on the West Side, where he worked at the pizza restaurant, said his father, Victor Coltey.
A surveillance video released by detectives shows Coltey being struck in the back of the head with a brick. Police say Lafond ran toward Coltey with the brick in his sleeve and swung at him.
The video shows an unconscious Coltey being kicked repeatedly and his head being stomped. Another man, believed to be Lafond, rifled through Coltey's pockets as he lay on the ground. Lafond took his wallet and cellphone, detectives wrote in the complaint.
More than a dozen people witnessed the event but took photos and videos instead of calling for help, Lt. Steve Cooper said. The beating went on for about three minutes. Someone did eventually call for help after the attack.
Coltey was found fading in and out of consciousness at the park. He was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital, where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit.
Victor Coltey said his son was opening his eyes more but hasn't spoken much. His son recognizes those around him, he said, calling it a good sign.
"We're very happy, more relieved than anything that they have the two," Victor Coltey said. "They can deny it all they want, but it doesn't make it any less real for us."
The elder Coltey said one man helped his son while he was down, keeping others away from him. He said his family wanted to meet the man and thank him personally.
"Things are looking up," the father said. "They're both off the streets and Brandon is getting better. He seems to have all mental functions, though we won't know anything for the long run for at least a couple of months.
"He's a fighter and he's a good strong boy."
Preliminary hearings for Douglas and Lafond were scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 18. Both remain at South Central Regional Jail.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.