LUFKIN - Lufkin police released surveillance video of a victim being brutally beaten for his money at a convenience store over the weekend.
The victim, Richard "Ricky" Archer, wanted to share the video as a cautionary tale in being aware of one's surroundings at all times.
Archer, 39, was in line behind 21-year-old Andrea Franks-Vanzandt at Lucky's Convenience Store around 12:30 p.m.August 5 when Franks-Vanzandt allegedly turned, punched, kicked and stomped Archer repeatedly until Archer passed out.
Franks-Vanzandt then took $35 from Archer's wallet before fleeing on foot. He was soon arrested and booked into jail on a $40,000 bond.
According to Lufkin spokesperson Jessica Pebsworth, Archer visited the Lufkin Police Department "badly bruised and broken, but thankful to be alive," after the life-changing incident.
Archer's wife was waiting in the car while he had gone into the store to pay for gas on his way to an Astros game. He said that when Franks-Vanzandt grabbed the $35 from his hands, Archer looked up expecting to see a friend playing a joke on him.
He was instead met with a barrage of punches, kicks and stomps that left him lying on the floor, in and out of conciousness.
"My wife will disagree, but I'm glad it was me," he said. "If it hadn't, I think something really bad was about to happen to those store clerks."
Archer was flown to Houston for treatment and was released earlier this week.
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