POLICE: Rocky Mount Man Beaten For $1.99 Beer Has Died

A 67-year-old man who police say was beaten by a group of teens has died.

Rocky Mount police report Juan De La Cruz died Saturday at the hospital in Greenville.

Authorities say a group of up to ten teens stole a 24-ounce beer worth $1.99 from Cruz and assaulted him in November. The attack happened behind Turner's Mini Mart on Benvenue Road.

Because of Cruz's death, police are now working to upgrade the charges for the teenagers charged in the crime. Police will meet with the District Attorney's office following the autopsy this week. Six teens were originally charged with common law robbery and assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Three of the suspects in the case are 16 years old. They are Mikel Jones, Trekwan Dickens and Xaviera Davis. Two of the suspects are 14 years old, and one of them is 13 years old.


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Three more teens have been charged in the robbery and brutal assault of a Rocky Mount man Saturday night and police say it was all over a $1.99 container of beer.

Mikel Jones and Xaviera Davis, both who are 16 years old, and a 14 year old juvenile have been charged with common law robbery and assault inflicting serious injury.

Rocky Mount police say Juan De La Cruz remains in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital with head injuries. Officers say a group of up to ten teens stole a 24-ounce beer from the 67-year-old man and assaulted him. The attack happened behind Turner's Mini Mart on Benvenue Road.

Police say they were able to arrest three suspects that night, while three more were arrested Monday and Tuesday morning. Those juveniles have been sent to the Pitt County Juvenile Detention Center, while the others have been jailed on $20,000 bonds.


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