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Charges: Man beats elderly woman while a friend records it on video

The shocking incident at a south Minneapolis transit center has led to aggravated robbery charges.
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Two men have been charged over an "appalling" attack on an elderly woman at a Minneapolis transit station, as well as beating the man who stepped in to help her.

One man, Wesley Norman Martin, 20, of Blaine has been charged with aggravated robbery in connection with the Feb. 12 attack, as has 20-year-old Deondre Jackson, who allegedly filmed the attack and uploaded it to Facebook the next day.

By studying what is described as an "appalling video" in a criminal complaint, police were able to identify Martin and Jackson, who are known to officers.

According to the complaint, Martin approach the elderly woman at the Chicago-Lake Transit Center in Minneapolis, with surveillance footage showing him and a female accomplice hovering over her before yelling at her.

The woman tried to ignore him but upon trying to get up, Martin repeatedly shoved her back down on the bench, stole a bottle of liquor from her pocket and proceeded to "run his hands over the victim's stomach, bottom, and thighs."

They then prevented her from escaping, with the female accomplice pulling her jacket off while Martin held her in place, and they continued to pull her back as she tried to leave the transit center.

It's at this point Jackson started filming as Martin threw her to the ground, proceeding to grope her while Jackson moved in for a close-up of her face.

Older man steps in to help

Martin continues to accost the woman while she yelled "Help me!" with the complaint noting: "There are many people in the shelter who do nothing," 

But did then step up and pushed Martin away from the woman.

A fight then breaks out between the two after the old man punched Martin, and they then grappled on the ground.

Martin eventually kicks and punches the older man in the face while he's on the ground, all the while the woman is still being held.

Her shirt was eventually being torn off of her by Martin's accomplice, at which point they left the transit center.

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