Saturday, November 13, 2010

Homeless man beaten, dragged behind truck

A man was so enraged a homeless man was sleeping near his Detroit home that he allegedly beat the man, tied him to his truck and dragged him by the feet, police said.

In a case that shocked homeless activists and neighbors, Steven James Diponio, 54, is accused of assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the Oct. 6 attack on Charles Duncan, 42. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Diponio told the arresting officer he was tired of the man sleeping behind a school near his house, a police spokesman said.

Diponio allegedly took a rope from his pickup, tied up Duncan and beat him several times with a baseball bat. He then tied the man to his bumper and dragged him in his car a short distance before neighbors freed Duncan, police said.

Read The Detroit News report here.


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