Three charged with beating two men for shoes, while yelling racial slurs at one, in downtown Memphis parking garage


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Three men are charged after police say they twice beat up men in downtown Memphis to take their shoes, all while hurling racial slurs at one of the men.

Joshua Matheny, Michael Matheny, and Christopher Elder are charged with robbery in the one attack, and attempted robbery and civil rights intimidation in the second attack.

According to the police affidavits, the first victim told officers he was in the parking garage at 110 Peabody Place September 1st when the three suspects approached and demanded his tennis shoes. The victim said the men then began assaulting him, and took his $200 shoes off his feet and left the area.

The victim told police he encountered the suspects again while at the security booth, and they attacked him again. The victim was able to identify the three.

Police say the second attack happened around the same time frame. The second victim told police the three approached him and one of the men said, “I took one n*****’s shoes, I’m about to take another n*****’s shoes.” The victim said one of the men had a pair of black and orange tennis shoes in his hand, and demanded he take off his shoes and give them to him.

The victim said the man punched him, and a fight began, with the other two joining in. He told police during the fight, the men continually yelled racial slurs.

Police say the second victim was also able to identify the three suspects.

Bond was set at $25,000 for Elder, and $20,000 for the Mathenys. All are out of jail after posting bond.

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