Men accused of using racial slurs, robbing men of shoes in downtown garage

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three Mississippi men were arrested after police say they used racial slurs during two robbery attempts in a downtown Memphis parking garage.

Joshua Matheny, Michael Matheny and Christopfer Elder were arrested this week and charged with attempted robbery and civil rights intimidation.

On Sept. 1, a victim says he was approached by the three men demanding his shoes in the Peabody Place parking garage. They assaulted him, taking his shoes.  It was only later, when he and a friend saw the men near the garage security office, that they were arrested.

The three men were charged with robbery, and bonded out — before allegedly immediately committing a similar offense in the same garage.

The next day, the three men approached a new victim, allegedly violently attacking him while using racial slurs.

The victim told police that the men told him that they had just stolen a pair of shoes from another black man and they were about to take his as well.

During this interaction, they also allegedly called the man a racial slur.

The victim stated that one of the men had a pair of shoes in his hand, making him believe they were about to rob him.

That’s when the suspects demanded he take off his shoes. However, before he could respond, the victim was reportedly punched in the face and a fight broke out.

The victim said the men continued to call him various racial slurs during the attack. Police said the victim sustained a large cut on his lip that required 10 stitches.

The Shelby County Jail system shows the three men bonded out again Tuesday. Their next court date is scheduled for Sept. 17.

WREG visited the listed address for the Mathenys in Horn Lake, but nobody answered the door.

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