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Louisville suspect accused of beating victim for Xbox, iPhone

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Darnell Smith (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Darnell Smith (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been arrested after police say he beat a man so badly he required staples in his head.

It happened on Jan. 18, according to an arrest warrant.

Police say 22-year-old Darnell Smith and the victim were complete strangers who happened to be riding the same TARC bus.

They got off the bus at the same time, and as they were walking away, police say an altercation took place. According to the arrest warrant, Smith and an accomplice began fighting with the victim. Smith allegedly put his arm around the victim's neck, indicated that he had a weapon and threatened to kill him if he did not cooperate.

Police say the victim was forced to take Smith and an accomplice to his apartment, where Smith struck him in the head several times, beating him unconscious.

Smith and his accomplice then allegedly took his Xbox 360 game console, his iPhone, keys and games. They then left the apartment.

When the victim regained consciousness, he called police. The victim was eventually taken to University Hospital, where it was determined that he had received serious injuries and required multiple staples for head wounds.

Police say surveillance video from the TARC bus made it possible for them to identify Smith as one of the suspects. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Feb. 21, and he was taken into custody on Monday, Feb. 24.

Smith has been charged with first-degree robbery.

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