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Cops: Brothers viciously attacked elderly man in Wilmington

Two brothers allegedly attacked a 65-year-old employee of a Wilmington towing company, police said.

Steven Shelly, 25, and Christopher Shelly, 27, both of Diamond, were charged with beating the employee Thursday at Brown’s Towing, 32173 Markle Road, Will County Sheriff spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.

The alleged victim was left with multiple lacerations, broken ribs, a collapsed lung and possible internal bleeding, she said.

The Shelly brothers arrived at the towing company Thursday to pick up a motorcycle, Hoffmeyer said. The motorcycle had been involved in a fatal crash in Braidwood, she said.

While the brothers were inside the company’s gated lot, the alleged victim, a company employee, saw Christopher Shelly enter a vehicle that had been involved in the same fatal crash, Hoffmeyer said.

The employee yelled at Christopher Shelly to get away from the car “because he had no right to be inside it,” she said.

As the two men argued, Steven Shelly allegedly punched the employee to the ground and struck him again when he stood back up, Hoffmeyer said. The employee’s glasses and hearing aids were knocked off when he was struck by Steven Shelly again, she said.

The employee tried to call for help on his cellphone but Shelly “slapped the phone” out of his hand, grabbed it and threw it, Hoffmeyer said.

When the employee went to close the gate, Christopher Shelly drove a truck carrying the motorcycle into a fence, knocking it down, she said.

Shelly then left the truck, picked up the victim and threw him on top the fallen fence, Hoffmeyer said.

Afterward, the Shelly brothers left the scene, she said.

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