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Arrest made in attack on 70-year-old Bradenton man

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James Gorman,70, says he was beaten after telling a driver to slow down. James Gorman,70, says he was beaten after telling a driver to slow down.
James Gorman,70, says he was beaten after telling a driver to slow down. James Gorman,70, says he was beaten after telling a driver to slow down.
James Gorman,70, says he was beaten after telling a driver to slow down. James Gorman,70, says he was beaten after telling a driver to slow down.
James Gorman,70, says he was walking on 60th Avenue Dr. West in Bradenton. James Gorman,70, says he was walking on 60th Avenue Dr. West in Bradenton.
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Manatee County deputies say they have arrested one of the people they say beat a 70-year-old man who had told them to slow down.

Leon Rogers is charged with battery of an elderly person.  Investigators are working to identify other suspects.

The driver of the car and his passengers attacked the man in front of his own family Friday, along 60th Avenue Drive West in Bradenton.

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70-year-old James Gorman says he has seen it time and time again.

"They come around that corner and haul butt down to that corner and leave," he said, pointing to the road.

Gorman believes there's a problem with speeders who put the neighborhood kids at risk. On Friday night, Gorman saw another speeder while on a stroll with his wife and granddaughter.

So, he told him to slow down, but the driver and his two companions did not take the message well, and a fight began.

"He got a hold of this hand. He pulled this arm in, and he would keep… while this guy over here is beating me on this side of the head,"said Gorman.

It all happened in front of his wife, who is currently in a wheelchair.

"She was trying to get out of her wheelchair to help me, and then she fell,” he said.

After knocking him unconscious, they sped off, leaving him behind with a torn rotator cuff, bruises and a black eye.

"They don't have to respect my age. At least give me the chance to stand up and fight ya one on one instead of holding my hands where I can’t fight while you beat the devil out of me," he said.

But, he hopes they learn a lesson.

"If they have no respect for themselves or anybody else. At least respect the fact that there are small children playing,” said Gorman.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says if you have a problem with speedsters, give them a call and they'll send a traffic unit to take care of the problem.

The case is still under investigation and if caught, the men could face charges of aggravated battery.

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