|Updated: 5/03/2012 5:18 pm
||Published: 5/03/2012 1:17 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The man who police say ran over and killed a teenager who stole his wallet has been charged with 1st degree murder.
The man who was driving the van is 58-year-old Michael Sadler. Little Rock Police say Sadler was cashing a check at the Asher 1 stop near the intersection of Asher and Maple. That’s when, according to police, 14-year-old Michael Stanley stole Sadler’s wallet.
Stanley fled on his bicycle and was chased by Sadler. The chase ended near the intersection of 17th and Oak, about 10 blocks away. According to the arrest report, Sadler drove through several yards, ending in a vacant lot. Sadler then ran over the victim and bike with his van.
Alexander Phillips was a witness to the accident. He says he say the boy, who was on his bicycle, trying to escape the driver. The boy was riding up a hill when he fell off the bike.
"I was going to holler at him for coming through and tearing up my grass and I realized what he was doing,” said Phillips.
After the boy was run over, Phillips says he saw Sadler assault the boy.
"He pulled him from under the vehicle and then he started hitting him saying 'Where's my billfold? Where's my billfold?'" says Phillips.
It didn't stop there.
"He pulled all of the boy's clothes off, trying to find his billfold," Phillips said.
Emergency crews arrived shortly afterward. Stanley was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.