Three men are currently on trial for several charges, including robbery, credit card fraud, and assault. Robert Ellis Trabant, Donald Raymond Schnidt III, and Brian Thomas Green are prime suspects in the beating and robbing of an elderly man. Edwin Burger, suffered injuries from the attack that were so extensive and debilitating that he had to be put under the care of a nursing home. He later on died due to several illnesses. The court has yet to prove if Burger's death was also related to injuries he suffered from the assault.
According to court records, in 2007, three men knocked on the door of Burger who subsequently let them in. Once inside one of the men jumped on Burger's back until they both fell down the floor. While down, Burger was repeatedly kicked and hit by the men. As Burger lay down unconscious, the three men searched the house for valuables and personal belongings. They eventually carted away with several electrical appliances, cash and credit cards.
Burger was later discovered by his neighbours unconscious and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. He was later diagnosed by doctors to be unfit to live alone due to the extent of his injuries and was placed under the care of a nursing home.
Trabant and Green had previously been employed by Burger as yard workers. The three suspects had been living together in a trailer and previously worked as laborers.
These three men were later arrested with the help of a store staff who reported that one of them was trying to use a stolen credit card.
After fleeing Burger's house, the men tried using one of his credit cards to purchase some items. They went to a convenience store to pick up some groceries. When they were about to pay, one of the store's staff noticed that the picture on the credit card did not resemble any of the suspects. Schnidt responded that the owner was injured and could not get out of their vehicle, and that he is using the visa card on his behalf. When the staff stepped outside to check the suspects' vehicle, she did not find any person resembling the picture of the man. One of the men, who stayed behind in the vehicle said that the man she was looking for was picked up by an ambulance moments ago and was now undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital.
Sensing something amiss, the store's staff called up police authorities for help. The men were later arrested when they returned to the store.
During the trial, Schnidt admitted to using the stolen credit card, but denied assaulting and robbing Burgers.