Vicious Attack, but Robbers Take Nothing in Robbery

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Prosecutors charged three people with a brutal attack of a Chinese restaurant delivery driver, and believe the suspects lured and trapped the 51-year-old man to rob him.

James M. Hollis, 20, Brandy N. Locke, 29, both of Independence, and Luis A. Reyes, 17, of Kansas City, each face assault and armed criminal action charges in connection with the beating Friday night.

According to court records, the victim was making a delivery to the 2200 block of Hall Ave, to a home that has been abandoned for a long time. But the victim didn't know that.

According to police, one of the suspects, James Hollis told police his girlfriend called in the order for the Chinese food, while he and Reyes waited outside to rob him.

Hollis said when the driver arrived, Reyes attacked him with the baseball bat and hit him at least five times. Police don't believe the attackers left with any money.

When police found the victim, he was so badly beaten, he was unable to tell police what had happened to him.  On Wednesday night, he was still listed in critical condition at North Kansas City Hospital.

Police believe the suspects called a Pizza Hut to order pizza and carry out the same plan. But, when the pizza delivery driver showed up at the abandoned house and saw two men standing outside, he got suspicious and drove away without ever getting out of his car.

Neighbors have asked for many years that the vacant house be demolished.

"I think they should demolish it. It's an eyesore and it just attracts people like that," said Mike Miller, a neighbor.

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