Two men accused of beating, handcuffing and robbing victim whose two front teeth were knocked out

Jackson County prosecutors on Thursday accused two men of beating, handcuffing and robbing a 50-year-old whose two front teeth were knocked out in the attack.

Prosecutors charged Rasheed Early, 28, and Stevie Early Jr., 23, each with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. Both remained in jail Thursday.

The victim told police he had just backed into a driveway in the 2000 block of Prospect Avenue about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday when a man with whom he had a recent dispute ran up, pointed a gun and yelled for him to get on the ground. The victim refused and the gunman hit him in the face with the gun, causing the victim to fall down. The gunman then jumped on top of the victim and repeatedly punched his face, knocking out the teeth.

The gunman handcuffed the victim and marched him into his apartment, where the gunman helped himself to a lemon-lime soda and a sandwich. The gunman stole his cellphone, $36 from the victim’s wallet, and his pocketknife from his pocket. The gunman made a phone call then later shouted for a second man to come into the apartment. The second man took the gun, pointed it at the victim’s crotch and threatened to shoot off a testicle.

The robbers then stole the victim’s rifle. They removed the handcuffs, tied the victim’s wrists with shoestrings, and told him to recite the Pledge of Allegience five times before they fled.

After a few minutes, the victim freed himself and went outside for help.

Police later found the victim’s stolen car in the 1500 block of Northeast Vivion Road. Officers watched the car and saw Stevie Early Jr. put the stolen rifle in the trunk, according to court records. Police arrested Rasheed Early in the driver’s seat, the records said.

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com