According to witnesses, Michael Sadler had just cashed a check at the Asher One stop convenience store Thursday, when 14-year-old Michael “Lil Flip” Stanley rode by on his bike and jacked his wallet before pedaling down the street.
Incensed, Sadler hopped into his mini-van and gave chase, jumping the curb and tearing through several yards before finally mowing the kid down in a vacant lot.
Once the kid was immobilized, Sadler reportedly dragged him out from underneath the van and began beating the holy hell out of him. One witness told police Sadler even tore the kid’s clothing off in an attempt to find the wallet.
“He ran over him than pulled him out from under the van and started beating him up and choking him. That’s what I saw.” said witness Dewayne Turner. “He [Stanley] is well loved; you know kids are going to be kids. He was being mischievous.”
Stanley was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A supposedly remorseful Sadler has since been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing. No word on whether the wallet has been recovered.