Stranger beats Parents as 9-year old Runs for Help

| September 26, 2015

Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES — Police say a 9-year-old boy ran for help as a stranger beat his adopted parents in their Daytona Beach Shores motel room.

Police Sgt. Mike Fowler says 49-year-old Zachary Brownlee knocked on the motel room door Wednesday afternoon and the boy let him into the room. He asked 77-year-old William Keener if he could use the phone.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Brownlee then demanded money and began beating Keener and his 78-year-old wife Sidney North.

The boy ran for help. Brownley was gone when police arrived, but he was arrested a short time later.

Police say North was taken to the hospital. Keener was also injured.

Brownlee faces charges of home invasion robbery and aggravated battery on someone over 65.

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