Deaf man's hearing aids stolen in beating, robbery

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Brian Cunningham, 43 Brian Cunningham, 43

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Police say four men stole a deaf man’s money and hearing aids at gunpoint.

Officers say that on May 4, an unidentified man lured the victim into a house near the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Morgan Street, then asked if he wanted to smoke. That’s when they say two men punched and kicked him on the floor.

A sworn statement says Brian Cunningham, 43, threatened to kill the deaf man if he didn’t hand over money while holding a gun to his head. It says the group of attackers pulled hearing aids out of the victim’s ears, pulled down his pants and took over $600 in cash from his pockets.

The hearing aids are valued at about $1,000, according to police. Officers say the men also stole the victim’s wallet, house keys and phone.

Police arrested Cunningham on Tuesday. He’s facing an aggravated robbery charge with a bond set at $100,000 in Macon County.

Officers say the other three suspects in the attack, all black men, are unknown. Police are looking to find them Wednesday.  

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