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Police seek information on Martinsburg, W.Va., beating of Brooklyn man

February 11, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 19-year-old Brooklyn man who was bludgeoned in the head in a violent attack on Feb. 5 in the Martinsburg area has been unresponsive at an area hospital ever since, police said Friday.

Kyle Joseph Cox is in critical condition, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Donohue said.

"He can't speak, he can't do anything," said Donohue, adding that he didn't think Cox would survive injuries that included severe internal bleeding and a fractured skull.

 Cox, known as "Scrap" or "Scrapper," might have been a victim of a gang-related crime. Donohue said police were not releasing where Cox is receiving treatment to protect the victim from any further harm.

Phone calls received inquiring about Cox's whereabouts have given Donohue reason to believe there are people who would like to "finish him off" in the hospital.

"It's a pretty volatile situation," Donohue said.

Donohue said he does not know exactly where Cox was attacked, but has received information indicating it happened in a Martinsburg area apartment complex.

The trooper said he also is trying to locate people who may know the victim and two individuals known as "G" and "C.J." or Chris.

After pursuing a number of leads without being able to make an arrest, Donohue said he hopes the public may be of some assistance.

The trooper said he initially responded to City Hospital in Martinsburg between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Feb. 5 to investigate the crime. There, he found two males, also from Brooklyn, who had taken Cox to the hospital.

They claimed that they received a phone call about Cox being injured and picked him up and took him to the hospital, Donohue said.

Based on additional investigation, Donohue said he learned that Cox may have been robbed, but that the victim also has some sort of relations with a gang in Brooklyn.

"I was told he might have been sleeping when this happened," Donohue said.

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