Two arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | 11:07 a.m. CDT; updated 1:12 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 30, 2014

COLUMBIA — After chasing a stranger who'd stolen his backpack, a man was assaulted by a group of people Tuesday afternoon northeast of Columbia. Two Columbia teens were arrested in connection with the incident.

Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to the 200 block of Snead Drive shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. 

Once there, they learned that a man had been carrying a backpack with a PlayStation 3 inside, Detective Tom O'Sullivan said, when another man stripped him of the backpack and began to run away. The victim tried to get his backpack back but was then surrounded by a group of men and women who started attacking him.

It's not believed that the victim knew his attackers, O'Sullivan said.

Lorenzo Shephard Jr., 18, and David Canady, 17, both of Columbia, were arrested in connection with the incident. Both have been charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Shephard was also charged with resisting arrest.

Deputies suspect other people were involved in the attack but have not been able to identify them. The investigation is ongoing.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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