(WMC-TV) - Passengers come and go from the busy bus stop at McLemore and Bellevue. Thursday, one of them was robbed at gunpoint before making it on board.
In the interest of his safety, Preston Benson did not want to show his face, or the golf ball sized knot on his jaw from being pistol whipped by a 15-year-old who demanded his cell phone.
According to police, the boys, a 15- year-old and two 16 –year-olds already had Benson's phone when the youngest threatened to blow his brains out and hit him in the face with a handgun.
"He hit me with the pistol they had a pistol he took it out and hit me with the pistol," Benson said.
Benson's girlfriend called 911 and led police to the suspects who were taken into custody.
We cannot show you pictures of the three young men because they are minors.
Benson is shaken up, in pain and he's angry. But most of all he's sad because the suspects are so young and heading down the wrong path.
And though he wants them prosecuted he doesn't want the young men to serve jail time.
"They need guidance in their life, they need guidance in their life that's what I'm talking about," he said.
The 51-year-old admits he was no angel growing up. He hopes the teens charged will be scared straight. So that he and others can come and go from a busy bus stop without having to fear for their lives.