Man severely beaten while attending movie at local theater

Man severely beaten while attending movie at local theater

Three suspects were arrested for allegedly beating a man at a movie theater; including 23-year-old Aaron Billups, 29-year-old Vassessia Stanley and 27-year-old Amanda Stanley.

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A brutal attack was reported early Sunday morning inside a South Louisville movie theater.

The man was punched and kicked so hard, he suffered a fractured bone around his eye, received multiple stitches and now suffers short term memory loss.

Police arrested three suspects, one of the women charged even allegedly threatened police.

The victim had gone with his wife to see the late show of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”  at the Rave Theater off Preston Highway.

When he was getting up to leave after the movie, the victim, who doesn’t want to be identified, said a group of young people blocked him from leaving.

One woman reportedly spilled a drink on him.

“She flicked her wrist and flicked the alcohol on me. Then the male standing behind her punched me,” the victim said. “I ended up on the ground, at which point, I began to get stomped and kicked and punched. The punches were all to my head area. The kicks were all elsewhere on my body."

The victim says he believes the assault would have continued had another patron not intervened and pulled the suspects off him.

“To be on that ground, and the police later estimated it to be somewhere between 10 and 12 minutes that I was on the ground, taking that beating and for no staff to be anywhere. I was screaming for my life. I was yelling for help. I was calling for police. I was yelling for everything and nobody came,” the victim said.

Three suspects were arrested, including 23-year-old Aaron Billups, 29-year-old Vassessia Stanley and 27-year-old Amanda Stanley.

Rave theater had no comment regarding the assault.

The victim's attorney Jeremy Nelson says his client is considering legal action regarding the lack of security on site, especially in the wake of last year's massacre at a theater in Colorado, which killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

“It can't be too difficult to hire an usher to look out for those circumstances and get on the walkie-talkie and say ‘Hey, call the police,’” Nelson said.
 

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