Worcester Man Arrested After Robbing Man in Wheelchair
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Juan Santiago, 45, was charged with assault and battery on a disabled person with injury, unarmed robbery, and intimidation of a witness.
On Sunday, July 15 at about 8:40 p.m., Worcester Police officers were dispatched to the area of 950 Main St for a report of an unarmed robbery of a male in a wheelchair.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses, who said that the suspect had approached the man in the wheelchair and had begun making small talk. Shortly afterward, he began to make demands and started striking the victim in the head and shoulders. The suspect took the victim’s smartphone and cash, and ran away.
Within minutes, police located a man who matched the description of the suspect near the area of Main and Claremont St. The man was later identified as Santiago of Worcester. While questioning Santiago, someone called the number of the phone that had been stolen. A phone in Santiago’s pocket began to ring, and the victim’s phone was recovered. Santiago was identified by a witness as the assailant and was placed under arrest.
While waiting for the wagon to transport Santiago to the station, he began to scream at the male in the wheelchair, calling him a “bitch” and a “snitch” and other insults.
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