Man's family says assault over an Xbox could have killed him

Thursday, December 15, 2011 | 6:29 p.m. CST; updated 10:24 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 15, 2011

COLUMBIA — Jordan Daughtry got a raw deal when he walked away with a broken jaw instead of the asking price for an Xbox 360 he had advertised online.

Daughtry, 20, was assaulted on Dec. 6 after meeting two teenagers near a West Broadway Walmart store, the Missourian reported. The attack left him badly injured, though Daughtry said he made sure his attackers didn't hit him in the stomach.

Daughtry's mother, Stella Garcia, said the attack was senseless and put his life in danger.

"It literally could have killed him," she said.

Garcia was not exaggerating.

Since being diagnosed in 2003 with familial adenomatous polyposis — a condition in which polyps, which are blister-like tumors, form in the colon and rectum — Daughtry has undergone more than 40 surgical procedures. The surgeries have reshaped Daughtry's insides by removing his large intestine, colon and rectum.

If the affected organs are not removed or treated, the cancer might eventually spread, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"He's an at-risk adult because of his condition," Garcia said.

If he had been hit on the stomach during the attack, the surgically constructed pouch for stool and bio-waste could have easily ruptured, killing him.

Daughtry recalled being hit two or three times before he fell to the ground and momentarily blacked out. He doesn't recall reaching for one of the attackers, but somehow he ended up with a shirt in his fist. He does remember that the assailant came back to collect it, though.

The suspects in the assault are two 17-year-olds — Dakota Schalk of Columbia and Ethan Futhey of Boonsville. Both have been charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. Schalk has also been charged with resisting arrest, according to court documents. The two have preliminary hearings scheduled for Jan. 4, 2012, according to court documents.

After Daughtry met with two teenagers at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 6, they told him they did not have the $425 asking price to buy the Xbox and accessories the Daughtry had advertised on Craigslist. They told him they could get him the money if he would just follow their car to a house near Stadium Boulevard, where he was assaulted. The video game console and a cellphone were stolen, according to court documents.

After the attack, Daughtry returned to Walmart and called the police. He parked in a handicapped spot, which earned him a $75 ticket. It has since been cancelled.

After undergoing a three-hour surgery on Friday to reset his broken jaw, he can only eat meals through a straw. Doctors told him to expect a three- to four-week recovery.

Daughtry, who moved to Columbia from Colorado in June, said the attack didn't really shake him too much.

"This was hard, but nothing really changes," he said.

A package handler at FedEx, Daughtry said he reported to work on the day of his attack "with a busted eye and a broken jaw." He is unsure if he'll attend the court dates set for both Schalk and Futhey.

His grandfather, Jim Daughtry, said he wants the assailants to be responsible for their actions.

"If they're going to do the crime, they need to be able to do the time," he said.

Garcia is outraged about the motive for the attack.

"It was over an Xbox, for Pete's sake," she said.

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