Disabled veteran beaten at bus top, police say - FOX 35 News Orlando

Disabled veteran beaten at bus top, police say

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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A disabled veteran said  he was injured after being attacked at a bus stop.  Roy Rogers says he was already suffering from injuries from when he served in the Army.

Rogers, 60, rides his bicycle everywhere. The disabled veteran even brings the bike on the bus to get from Sanford to the VA hospital in Orlando.  But while waiting at the bus stop, he said a man started causing trouble.

"The guy was just out of line totally to everyone at the bus stop. He wanted to take my bike. He said he wanted to go ride it, and I said, 'No, you're not going to ride my bike!'"

That's when the Vietnam War veteran said he was attacked.

"Some kind of martial arts," Rogers explained.  "He took his foot and hit the side of my face, and I found myself laying on the ground. He did it a second time."

Rogers said he was treated at the emergency room.

"The side of my head swelled up, my elbows are cut up, and my left knee," said Rogers.  "I've lived through pain everyday, so what's a little more pain. It's ok."

Police arrested 29-year-old James Gause, of Chicago, who told police that Rogers spit at him. But Rogers denies that ever happened.

"I never spit. My mouth was so dry, I couldn't spit."

Rogers said it was obvious that he is a war veteran and he can not believe someone attacked him at the bus stop.

"I just don't like the disrespect that people have for other people, and that hit me pretty hard. It's disheartening."

But Rogers told us he would do it again if he had too, saying it was wrong for the man to "mouth off" to everyone at the bus stop.

"I said things a little more harsh than I normally do, but there was no reason for him to act the way he did. I thought I stood up for my country, and that's what I felt like I was doing yesterday."

Rogers said by the time police arrived, the majority of people had already left on the last bus, but he said one woman stayed to help.

"The only person that stayed was the elderly, black lady. I went over there and said, 'Thank you very much.' She just smiled."

Gause was charged with abusing a disabled person.

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