Witnesses chilled by Wednesday robberies

Derrick Whitten was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and green pants. Photo source: Tyler PD
Derrick Whitten was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and green pants. Photo source: Tyler PD

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police need your help finding two suspects who robbed and beat a one-armed man. There were two robberies Wednesday morning in Tyler. The first happened in the 2500 block of Del Mar Street. Police say a contractor was threatened at gunpoint and thieves stole his wallet. Then, in the 1500 block of East Travis Street, another contractor was beaten and also had his wallet stolen. The suspects used a tree limb as their weapon to beat 38-year-old Servanda Rayo.

"They picked up the limb and started beating him with it so he received numerous contusions to his head area," said Officer Don Martin, with Tyler Police.

"It was just so much blood coming from that guy's face it was terrible for them to do something like that," said Jennifer Walker, a witness.

One witness wanted her identity protected, but says the suspects ganged up on the victim Rayo, who was rushed to Trinity Mother Francis.

"He was just beating him, just beating him all in his head," said the witness. "I mean, just beating him. I mean [they] wouldn't let up."

"Yeah, [he had] just one [arm] so he couldn't really defend himself at all," said Walker. "He was running from house to house to try and get help."

"I hollered at him and I said, 'Sir, you need help? You need help?'" said the anonymous witness. "I said, 'Oh my God! What did they do? What have they done? And, that's when he ran over here. He was like, 'They beat me they beat me.'"

The robberies happened just about an hour apart, and police say it could be the same suspects, desperate for cash.

"The black male suspect said, 'Give me your wallet or I'll drop you,'" said Martin. "And, he looked down and the suspect had produced a small black revolver."

"I'm upset, I'm nervous," said one witness. "I hate to see stuff like that."

The residents are now on edge in their own homes and just want the guys off the streets so no one else is hurt.

"I mean, that could've been me just walking outside," said Walker.

"People do stuff like that they need to be caught," said one witness. "They don't even need to be running around. That's not right, that's not right to do nobody like that...if you want something get out and work for it."

The two suspects were last seen taking off in a dark green, four-door Mercury Grand Marquis. If you see a car matching the description, call Tyler police immediately.

Investigators are also searching for Derrick Lynn Whitten, in connection with the Delmar Street robbery. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and green pants with a Mountain Dew print. An arrest warrant has been issued for Whitten. If you have any information regarding this suspect or his location please contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 903-597-2833 or the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000.

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