71-year-old Tarrant victim says “he’s thankful to be alive” after brutal beating & robbery

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TARRANT, Ala (WIAT) — A 71-year-old Tarrant man is home after Tarrant police said three teenagers tied and beat him up before robbing him on Friday, September 21. 

Detective Jenkins with Tarrant police said they got a lot of tips on social media that helped them track down the three teens and arrested them on Wednesday, September 26. 

The three teenagers are behind bars on a $90,000 bond each.

Police said they beat up 71-year-old Michael Berry in his home and stole his car. Berry told CBS 42 they busted in his home early Friday morning.

“They came out of corner and tied me up and everything and said give me your car or I’ll kill you,” said Berry. 

Berry said they drove off with his car and some other belongings.

Police provided surveillance video that showed the teens Friday night at a Chevron in Ensley with Berry’s car. 

Berry was so badly hurt that he was in the hospital for almost a week. He described having three collapsed ribs, bruises and cuts on his arm, neck, and head. Berry said they ransacked his home, but he’s happy to know they are in jail.

“It feels great because I wouldn’t hurt nobody. I live by myself. I lost my wife seven years ago. I’m a very honest person,” said Berry. 

He said at one point, he didn’t think he would survive. 

“I kept praying, God even as this is happening, I want you to catch the people.  If I’m not going to be alive because I could have it really bad. I’m just thankful i’m still alive,” said Berry.

The teens are facing burglary and robbery charges. 

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