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Man Arrested For Beating And Robbing A Disabled Man In Downtown Crossing

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the daytime robbery and beating of a disabled man in Downtown Crossing on Monday, authorities said.

Norjay Bryan is one of four males who punched the victim in the face, knocked him to the ground and began kicking him before stealing his purple cellphone, Boston police said in a statement Tuesday. The alleged assault took place at around 4:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Temple Place and Washington Street.

The victim told officers he is "mentally and physically disabled," and Boston police said he was hurt while wearing a cast on his leg and using a cane to walk.

Shortly after the victim reported the crime, Bryan was spotted in the area by police and arrested. Officers saw a purple phone believed to be the victim's sticking out of Bryan's front pocket, the statement said.

Bryan faces assault and battery on a disabled person, unarmed robbery and receiving stolen property charges, authorities said. He will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

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Lisa Creamer is WBUR's managing editor for digital news.

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