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Dickinson man pleads not guilty to assault of 72-year-old cab driver

Monty McKenzie, a 23-year-old man accused of assaulting a 72-year-old man in March, pleaded not guilty at his preliminary hearing Monday. The victim of the assault a Dickinson cab driver, and was reportedly beaten and kicked. McKenzie is charged ...

Monty McKenzie, a 23-year-old man accused of assaulting a 72-year-old man in March, pleaded not guilty at his preliminary hearing Monday.

The victim of the assault a Dickinson cab driver, and was reportedly beaten and kicked.

McKenzie is charged with aggravated assault and could face a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Senior Patrol Officer Corey Lee of the Dickinson Police Department said the victim was covered in blood when he arrived on scene.

"He did not appear to be conscious," Lee said, adding when he shook the man's shoulders, he woke up.

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Lee said he had met the victim before, but didn't recognize him because of all the blood.

He said a witness saw the assault take place and that the victim's attacker got him to the ground and kicked him several times.

With the help of the Stark County Sheriff's Department, authorities found McKenzie in the area. McKenzie reportedly matched the description given by the witness and he appeared to be fleeing, Lee said.

"Without me asking questions, he stated that the male had attacked him first,'" Lee said.

He said McKenzie later said he fled from the scene because he is a convicted felon.

Lee said he was unsure what started the altercation, but "If I remember correctly, it could've been over the cab fare."

Jay Greenwood, McKenzie's attorney, asked Southwest District Judge Zane Anderson if the age of the victim could be removed from the reports of the incident.

"It's not relevant to the crime charge and I think it's just inflammatory if nothing else," Greenwood said. "It's emotional."

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However, Anderson overruled his request.

The Herald and the Dickinson Press are both owned by Forum Communications Co.

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