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Final arrests made in beating of 19-year-old bicyclist

3 juveniles charged with felony robbery

ORLANDO, Fla. – The boys who beat a 19-year-old man, stole his bike and dumped his groceries in the trash earlier this month have been arrested, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. 

Three boys, ages 12, 13 and 14, were charged with felony robbery in connection with the July 11 incident. They were taken to a juvenile detention center. News 6 is not naming the boys because of their ages.

Ridnel Meus, 19, was riding his bicycle home from the grocery store around 6 p.m. on July 11 when a group attacked him on Alhambra Drive, deputies said. 

"I see five of them -- three guys and two girls, and I knew two of them and then one of them stand in front of the bicycle," Meus told News 6. "One of them punched me in my back. So, the one that was in front tried to hold me down for the others punching me. When I was falling on the ground (they), like, stomped on my head, beat me."

Deputies said the boys hit the victim, stomped on him, took his bike, stole his Adidas sandals and threw away his groceries in an attack that left Meus suffering from multiple scrapes and bumps.

A witness filmed the attack and gave the video so it could used as evidence to help catch the attackers. Detectives thanked the witness and said the video was "key in this investigation."

The first arrest was made Friday, the same day deputies released the video. Deputies announced the two additional arrests on Tuesday and said that no further arrests are expected.

Since News 6 originally reported on the attack, a couple purchased a new bike for Meus and a GoFundMe account has been established to help Meus with his and his family's expenses.


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