Reward Soon for Information about Beating of 96-Year-Old | News
BUFFALO, NY - The community is now coming forward to help bring the three people responsible for attacking an elderly deacon to justice.
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Buffalo City Councilmember (D- Ellicott District) and pastor Darius Pridgen speaks for the entire community when he says three young men involved must face the consequences. They were caught on camera Saturday breaking into the Longview Avenue home of 96-year-old deacon Levi Clayton and brutally beating and robbing him.
"This is the type of guy I think if you asked him for something he'd give it to you. So to break into his house and then to physically assault him to me is just despicable," said Pridgen.
Pridgen says he'll offer a reward on Thursday night to the first person who comes forward with information leading to their arrests and convictions, but he hopes they'll turn themselves in before that.
"I would be there for them. I would walk with them. And I think it would speak volumes about repentance and about a change of heart," Pridgen said.
Deacon Clayton works at Friendship Baptist Church in Buffalo, but the reward money is coming from the coffers of Pridgen's True Bethel Baptist Church. Pridgen says it's about church families supporting each other and the community coming together.
"I don't want any person to think that they can brutalize a senior and that this community will not come to their rescue and aid and that's what this is about."
Pridgen will announce the amount of the reward on Thursday, but he says it will be significant. He adds it would be disingenuous for someone with information to wait for Thursday just to cash in on the reward and he trusts the members of community who know anything about this crime will do the right thing and say something now.
Clayton's family and friends held a vigil outside his home Tuesday night, urging the community to help police catch those responsible for the crime.