Patrick C. Brown and Kenneth Bowers are being held in the Ada County Jail on felony aggravated battery and robbery charges after Ada County Sheriffs deputies say the pair beat up a man with brass knuckles and a baseball bat at the Eagle skate park Thursday night.
Sheriffs officials also say Brown, 27, and Bowers, 32, stripped the man of his clothes, robbed him, and left him naked in the park after the attack. Brown and Bowers later told deputies they attacked the man because he owed their friend some money, according to sheriffs reports.
Eagle Police and Ada County Sheriffs deputies began their investigation after the naked man walked over to the Eagle Fire Station around 7 p.m. Thursday from the skate park and told firefighters what happened.
Paramedics took the 25-year-old man to Saint Alphonsus Eagle Medical Center, where he was treated and released later Thursday night.
Detectives identified Brown and Bowers as suspects and put out an alert. A Boise police officer found Bowers and Brown at a gas station at the corner of Liberty Street and Fairview Avenue later Thursday night, where they were arrested.
Officials say the whole thing began after the victim showed up at a party on Taft Street in Boise Thursday evening, where he was seen by Bowers. Bowers then called Brown, who got to the party. Officials say Bowers, Brown, and a man and woman confronted the victim and told him he needed to repay his debt. It was when he told the group he didnt have all the money that they told him he needed to take a drive with them, according to sheriffs reports.
The victim told deputies the group took him to a parking lot in the 3100 block of E. Greenbrook Street, where they forced him out of the car and beat him up. The victim said one of the men hit him over a dozen times with the baseball bat, including several blows to the head.
The victim said the group made him take off all his clothes, which they took, along with a backpack containing almost $500 in cash, before they left him at the park.
Deputies say Bowers threw away the clothes, the baseball bat, and a pellet gun he had on him at the time. The group kept the backpack. Deputies later found all those items, according to reports.
Sheriffs officials say charges are possible against the other man and woman with Bowers and Brown at the time of the attack.
Bowers and Brown are being held on $250,000 and $50,000 bonds each. A preliminary hearing is set for March 8. The crimes of robbery is punishable by up to life in prison; aggravated battery is punishable by up to 15 years.