LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro police have arrested three juveniles in connection with the death of a 62-year-old man who was found on a street in the Russell neighborhood.
The victim was found around 11 p.m. July 25 at S. 22nd Street and Stone Alley. It was originally believed the victim was suffering from a medical issue, but doctors at Jewish Hospital informed LMPD the victim had suffered from blunt force trauma and did not survive.
Police arrested three juveniles for allegedly robbing and killing the man. LMPD Homicide Lt. Emily McKinley said the juveniles may have beaten the man with a stick or a pole.
The victim was identified by grieving friends as Lonnie Bard. He was described as a longtime resident of the neighborhood, well liked and well known.
Residents at the senior living center where Bard lived had difficulty believing a man so known for his gentle nature could lose his life so violently.
"He was real good people," neighbor Lloyd Curtis Johnson III said. "I don't think Lonnie had any kind of enemies, anything like that."
McKinley described a robbery spree that ended with Bard's death. McKinley said the teens are believed to have robbed two others nearby before attacking and robbing Bard.
The case remains under investigation by the LMPD Homicide Unit.