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Man arrested in beating of extreme sports rider

Posted at 7:32 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 00:09:10-04

UPDATE: An arrest has been made in connection to the violent beating of Kane Friesen last month.

Investigators said Robert Johnson, is facing several charges including battery.

Friesen said he was in a heated argument with the suspect over how long it was taking to fix a bike when Johnson started beating him with a metal pipe, fracturing his skull.

Witnesses said Johnson then grabbed a motorcycle in the garage and took off. The motorcycle is still missing.

A local extreme sports star is recovering after he says he was attacked and his prized motorcycles were stolen over the weekend.
As a stunt rider, Kane "Insane" Friesen, is used to getting hurt but not like this.

"He just cracked me in the back of the head when I wasn't looking, they crushed my skull and I lost consciousness real quick," explained Friesen of the Saturday afternoon attack near Oakey Boulevard and Rancho Drive.
Friesen won a silver metal in the X Games and holds a world record for the fastest nose wheelie on a motorcycle.
Nowadays he runs a motorcycle garage out of his home. That's where he was when he says he says he was jumped by three men and beaten with a metal pipe over the weekend.
"This is not a video game, this is real life, you don't take a bat or a pole and smash somebody in the head and think that that's OK, that they are going to walk away from it, they could have killed him," said his mother Kathleen Friesen.
Her son suffered a cracked skull and broken nose but what's even harder for him to deal with is that he says they took two custom motorcycles.
"My favorite, Kawasaki ZX-10R and my Kawasaki Z1000. One was bright, hot pink, one was black," said Friesen.
Friesen said he knows who the men are, now it's just a matter of finding them and hoping he can get his bikes back.
"I just want my stuff back, that's about it I just want my stuff back," Friesen said.
Friesen is expected to make a full recovery but he has a long road ahead of him. Friends set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical bills and replace his bike.