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  • Three charged in beating of food delivery man

  • Three persons have been charged in the beating of a food delivery man late Friday night in western Independence.

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  • Three persons have been charged in the beating of a food delivery man late Friday night in western Independence.
    James M. Hollis, 20, and Brandy N. Locke, 29, of Independence, and Luis A. Reyes, 17, of Kansas City, were each charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action in the beating of the 51-year-old delivery man for Mandarin House Chinese Restaurant.
    The victim remained in critical condition, Independence Police public information officer Tom Gentry said Tuesday afternoon.
    Independence police were called about 10:30 p.m. Friday to the area of 2200 S. Hall St. on a medical call. They found a 51-year-old Asian man lying in the roadway. The man had been beaten, with significant injuries to his face, including “multiple skull and facial fractures,” according to court documents.
    According to court documents, a man who lived at the apartment on Hall Street with his girlfriend and Locke, his girlfriend’s cousin, told police that he was told by Hollis and Reyes that they tried to rob a delivery driver of his food and money and that they beat him with their “fists and a bat.” The resident of the apartment told police Locke and Hollis were in a relationship and that Reyes was a friend of Hollis.
    Court documents also say that Locke told the girlfriend that she had called for the food delivery and witnessed Hollis and Reyes come from behind the building with a baseball bat. The delivery driver dropped the food and ran but said that Reyes started beating him with the bat. Hollis later told police that Reyes had “chased the delivery driver down and struck him at least five times with the baseball bat.”
    Hollis said that the three didn’t take any money from the victim.
    Reyes later first denied involvement, but then told police, “It happened,” and, “That’s all I’m going to say to you,” according to court documents.
    Gentry said that a pizza delivery man had been called earlier but got suspicious when he arrived in the area and drove away.
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