Arrest Made in Beating of 96-Year-Old Man

January 3, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

By Jason Gruenauer

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January 3, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Buffalo Police have arrested 18-year-old Justice Feggans and charged him with first degree robbery and burglary.

Police believe Feggans and others broke into 96-year-old Levi Clayton's Longview Avenue home in late November, before beating the elderly man and fleeing the scene with valuables from his home.

"I can tell you that Mr. Clayton is certainly a fighter, but I can also say that it was terrible to see a member of our community in that condition, particularly a senior citizen, after a crime of this nature," Mayor Byron Brown said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Feggans was a Riverside basketball star, averaging almost 20 points per game his junior year according to maxpreps.com.

Authorities say Feggans did have a prior criminal history, and is now being held on 250 thousand dollars bail.

Police credit the public's help in the arrest, coming weeks after the crime occurred.

"The tips were instrumental in making this arrest, and they'll be instrumental as we continue in this investigation," Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.

Police continue to search for the other suspects in this case, and say this was not a random act of violence.

Anyone with any information to call the Buffalo Police Confidential tipline at 847-2255.