Man charged with assault after allegedly beating elderly employer over pay dispute

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 13, 2021

 Keith Demetrious Taylor

Keith Demetrious Taylor

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A Detroit man has been charged with assault after police say he repeatedly kicked his elderly employer in the head following a dispute over pay.

Keith Demetrious Taylor, 32, was arraigned Oct. 7 in 52-3rd Division District Court on one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, less than murder.

According to reports from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor got into an argument with his 75-year-old employer outside a business on Star Batt Drive in Rochester Hills, where the two men were cutting the lawn Oct. 5.

Taylor asked to be paid before leaving the job site, and then became agitated about his paycheck, claiming he had been underpaid, police said. Authorities say Taylor confronted the employer, yelling profanities, and began to kick him, first in the mid-section and then in the head.

Security footage shows Taylor kicking the man several times in the head and face, appearing to leave him bloody and unconscious.

Several witnesses said Taylor stayed in the area yelling at the man and returned about 45 seconds later to kick the man to the ground again as he tried to get to his knees.

Detectives said the employer, a resident of Royal Oak, was kicked at least three times in the head while he was defenseless on the ground. The Rochester Hills Fire Department responded to the scene to provide treatment.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said this “brutal and unprovoked” attack on a senior citizen “shocks the consciousness.”

“This individual needs to be severely punished and held accountable for this cold-hearted attack as well as (to) protect others from his unchecked violent tendencies,” Bouchard said in a statement.

Taylor has outstanding warrants from 36th District Court in Detroit on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and aggravated assault, and three traffic warrants from Highland Park. He has drug and endangerment convictions from Phoenix, a domestic violence conviction from Scottsdale, Arizona, and an assault conviction from Detroit.

Taylor is being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond set by Magistrate Karen Holt pending an Oct. 19 probable cause conference. A preliminary examination is set for Oct. 26.

Taylor did not have an attorney on file at press time.

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