Minneapolis 23-year-old charged with first-degree assault on an elderly man

Updated: 6:20 p.m.

Prosecutors charged a 23-year-old man with first-degree assault after an elderly bus passenger was allegedly pushed down in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says a 75-year-old man asked two passengers on a Metro Transit bus to lower their voices. Audio from the bus’ surveillance recording also captured them threatening to beat him when he got off the bus. The video shows all three disembarking at the Chicago-Lake Transit Center.

Prosecutors say cameras recorded Leroy Davis-Miles of Minneapolis walking near the older man. The video then partially shows Davis-Miles making a lunging motion, or apparently striking the man, who falls to the pavement and hits his head.

The criminal complaint says Davis-Miles was seen shaking hands with another man, then going through the fallen man's pockets. Investigators used facial recognition software, and later discovered clothing that matched the video. Minneapolis police arrested Davis-Miles Thursday.

The older man, who is not identified, is in critical condition with a serious brain injury and may not survive, the county attorney’s office said.

Davis-Miles is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

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