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Elderly East Point man beaten; Two suspects in custody, one at large

Suspect Ricky Wilcoxson, 20 Suspect Ricky Wilcoxson, 20
In custody: Iesha Washington, 22; Dexter Ware, 21 In custody: Iesha Washington, 22; Dexter Ware, 21
Creston Portis, 80, victim Creston Portis, 80, victim

East Point police are looking for a third suspect in the beating of an elderly man. Two others turned themselves in on Thursday.

Police said Dexter Ware, 21, of Palmetto turned himself in Thursday morning after seeing his picture on the news. Iesha Washington, 22, of College Park, turned herself in Thursday evening.

Officers were looking for Ricky Wilcoxson, 20, of College Park. Police said he had an extensive criminal history.

Washington also had a past criminal history and Ware was not in trouble with the law until now, according to police.

East Point police were asking for the public's help identifying persons of interest in the case of an elderly man who was beaten during an attempted carjacking.

Officers said they received upwards of 50 solid tips from the public.

Creston Portis, 80, told CBS Atlanta News that it happened late in the evening of Sept. 14. He had just returned to his Beech Drive home after visiting friends. He backed his car into his carport, as he usually does. That's when a black Mercedes Benz SUV pulled into his driveway, blocking him in.

Two men jumped out and approached his car, Portis said. One of them had a handgun.

"He started beating on the window, insisting that I get out the car," he said.

Portis refused to unlock his car doors.  

"They picked up one of those bricks and started beating on the passenger side of the car, and finally he just broke out the window," Portis said.

The men dragged him out of the car and started beating him in the face with either the gun or the brick. Portis suffered fractures to his facial bones and cuts on both of his arms.

The driver of the SUV was a woman, Portis said. 

"She stayed at the car. But she yelled one time, 'Let's go! Leave him alone!' Then she said, 'See if he's got any money.' I said, 'I don't have any money.' Then she said, 'Well, get his billfold.'

The men snatched Portis' wallet from his back pocket, ripping his blue jeans.

Portis said he can hardly believe anyone would attack him.

"People that start beating up on old people like this, I don't know what kind of character they have themselves, to go around and doing this," said Portis.

Detectives have determined that the three persons previously sought are not directly involved in the case and have been cleared of any wrongdoing at this point.

Portis hopes that someone recognizes the people in the photos.

"I'd just be appreciative to them to recognize them, to bring some criminals to justice,"he said.

Anyone with information on this case can submit it anonymously to the East Point Police Department at 404-761-6287 (Sgt. Glover), Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS(8477), online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES(274637).

Tipsters do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

The three face a list of charges including aggravated battery and assault on a person over 65 years old, armed robbery and identity theft.

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