The video is gut-wrenching. Two men are caught attacking another. They are seen punching him time and time again. The man on the floor reacts like a rag doll. He is 26-year-old Kenneth Matherne.
Matherne is disabled and says he just moved to Houma a week ago.
“I’d say they were probably laughing about it. They are thinking that they are going to get away with it,” says Matherne.
Matherne has a broken nose, two black eyes and a busted lip. He says he doesn’t know who attacked him, but believes police will find out.
On Monday morning Matherne was walking home when two men drove past him, got out of their car and began beating him. Little did those men know a home nearby was armed with surveillance cameras.
“I had a vehicle pass me up and somebody got out. It was a Ford Explorer, and he asked me for some cigarettes and I told him I don’t smoke. I turned around and I started walking. I went to put my headphones back on, and as soon as I had put them back on one of them hollered and the next thing I know I was being grabbed from behind and slammed to the ground. As soon as I hit the ground the short fella he ran around from behind and got me in the back of the neck with a taser,” says Matherne.
The two men eventually took off with his wallet and cell phone. It happened in a quiet residential neighborhood near the intersection of Acadian Drive and Glynn Avenue. A day later Kenneth’s blood still stains the pavement.
“It’s just sad to see that someone could do this type of harm to another individual that was basically on the ground lifeless and they beat him severely,” says Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis.
Chief Duplantis calls it a crime of opportunity. He says the men face multiple charges and is hoping someone recognizes them.
Police say the suspects were in a light colored Ford Explorer.
If you recognize the men call Houma Police at (985) 873-6371 or bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433.