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Handicapped Man Robbed at Gunpoint, Kicked Out of Wheelchair
DAYTON -- Police are looking for two men who robbed a handicapped man at gunpoint and kicked him out of his wheelchair.
A typical Sunday afternoon ride on his electric wheelchair to the mini market was anything but normal for Charlie Heath, 64.
Heath said two men approached him, and one of the men put a gun to his head.
"He had it here," he said, pointing to the back of his head.
"When I got home, that is when I really got scared. I started shaking. I hear this kind of thing happen every day to people but I never thought it would happen to me."
The men demanded his money and threatened his life. Heath gave the men the $40 cash he had in his pocket.
The thieves took his money then kicked Heath out of his wheelchair. He fell out onto the sidewalk.
"They turned my chair over. It took me a minute to get back up. I didn't get hurt, that is a good thing," he said.
Heath has been recovering from foot surgery and has been in a wheelchair for three months. He believes the thieves thought he was an easy target.
"Yeah, because I couldn't jump up and run," Heath said.
Heath flagged down police on nearby West Third Street and gave them descriptions of the thieves.
Heath said he hopes the men get caught, before they hurt or steal from someone else.
"It's disappointing. You work all your life, then get to the point where you can't work anymore and here some clown come by and take what you got. They think older people got a lot of money, and we don't," Heath said.
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