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Charges filed in vicious attack on elderly Metro Transit bus rider

The victim suffered a serious brain injury and "may not survive."

Charges have been filed in the case of a 75-year-old man who was savagely beaten following a confrontation on a Metro Transit bus this week.

On Friday, Leroy Davis-Miles, 23, was charged with first-degree assault in the attack, which happened Wednesday afternoon near the Chicago-Lake Transit Center in Minneapolis.

Before the assault, the victim had asked Davis-Miles and his friends "to not be so loud" on the bus, after which they threatened to "beat him when he got off the bus," according to a news release from the Hennepin County attorney.

Prosecutors say the group got off at the same stop as the victim and caught up with him a short distance away, where Davis-Miles "walked up to him and punched him once." 

The older man fall backward and hit his head on the pavement. 

Now, the victim is clinging to life with a serious brain injury, and according to the release, "may not survive." 

Following the attack, prosecutors say, "Davis-Miles and one of his companions shook hands in a congratulatory manner and then several of them rummaged through the unconscious man’s pockets."

The suspect was tracked down with the help of surveillance footage and facial recognition software and arrested at his Minneapolis home on Thursday. 

His first court appearance is on Tuesday. 

As the Star Tribune notes, should the victim die, Davis-Miles would face more serious charges.

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