Two men arrested after beating, robbing man in wheelchair in Racine
WTMJ News Team
Keller Russell reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
RACINE- A man in a wheelchair was beaten and robbed, but he was able to outsmart the men who attacked him.
That man was on his way home early Sunday morning when two men repeatedly beat him and ripped him from his wheelchair then left him lying helpless on the sidewalk.
It unfolded outside an elementary school and church.
"I think they were trying to kill me. I really strongly do," says David Scholzen, who feels lucky to be alive.
Justin Lyons and Alexander Pietsch are charged with beating Scholzen as he sat helpless in his wheelchair.
"I was seeing a lot of those flashes you know when you get hit in the head real hard," says Scholzen.
The entire struggle was captured on a 9-1-1 call. David pre-dialed, having a bad feeling as the men walked up to him.
David Scholzen: "Help! Help!"
Suspect: "Give me that cell phone n*****"
David Scholzen: "Why are you doing this to me? What the hell?"
The men repeatedly pounded Scholzen in the head and back, demanding his cell phone.
"The individual came up to me and put his hand or something up against my neck and it was covered in cloth and he told me give me the phone or 'I'm going to kill you,'" describes Scholzen.
After the men ran away with David's phone, they realized they were connected to 9-1-1, so they ran back and beat him again.
Because of David's quick thinking to call 9-1-1, police were able to find both him and his accused attackers.
Now his family wants the men held accountable.
"They need to be punished. The courts need to nail them. It's just not right," says David's mom Debbie Christensen.
Pietsch faces two felonies and a misdemeanor for his alleged actions. Lyons has been charged with two felonies.