Thursday, July 24 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:46:21 GMT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
We are learning more from detectives about what led them to an Albany teen who has been charged in a brutal attack on a 68-year-old man.
The victim remains hospitalized 6 weeks after he was found beaten behind the Dinner Bell in East Albany.
Dinner Bell owner Barry Townsend says he is thankful an arrest was made in the beating of Raymond Tilley, the 68 year old who worked part-time at the east Albany catering business. Officials say he was attacked in the early morning hours of August 12th behind the business.
"The motive based on our investigation, which is still ongoing, is robbery," said Albany Police Detective Schemika Foster.
At a press conference Monday morning police identified the key suspect in the attack as 19 year old Andrew Gadson. He is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and robbery by force.
Police say tips generated after WALB showed a surveillance picture of a person of interest in a series of auto break-ins around the Clark Avenue area led to the arrest a 16-year-old juvenile. The case grew from there.
"In the midst of our investigation we were able to identify the person who assaulted Mr. Tilley," Detective Foster explained.
While Gadson remains in the Dougherty County Jail, Raymond Tilley remains hospitalized in critical condition after two brain surgeries as a result of his attack.
"It's on everybody's mind everyday," said Townsend. "All we can do is pray."
An account has been set up to help with expenses for Raymond Tilley at SB&T bank.
Right now the 16-year-old arrested is only charged with four counts of entering autos and remains in the Albany RYDC.
Additional arrests could be made. If you have any information about this case call CrimeStoppers at 436-TIPS.