Captured: Suspect accused of beating 85-year-old Canton man arrested for attempted murder

Victim of brutal attack speaks out

CANTON, Ohio (WOIO) - Police have arrested the 32-year-old man accused of viciously beating an elderly retired steelworker after a car accident.

Canton police said Travonce Backie attacked Ralph White, 85, early Sunday morning.

According to Canton police, White’s car was struck around 12:45 a.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of 8th Street NE.

After the accident, police said Backie beat White with his fists before fleeing the scene.

Suspect accused of beating 85-year-old Canton man arrested for attempted murder(full interview)

“So I rolled the window down to talk to him, and he curses me out and starts pounding on me,” said White.

White was still restrained inside his vehicle when he was being assaulted.

Family members said White suffered multiple injuries; including, facial fractures and brain bleeding.

“God is good, and he kept him here for a reason,” said Mrs. White.

Several charges have been filed against Backie; including, attempted murder and felonious assault.

The United States Marshals helped Canton police capture Backie, who was arrested without incident in the 3200 block of 5th St. SE.

A reward for up to $3,000 was being offered for information directly leading to his arrest.

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