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Kevin Bonham, Forum News Service, Published March 15 2013

Elderly, disabled man mugged in East Grand Forks

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – A mugger knocked over a 74-year-old man in a medical power-scooter downtown Thursday night, took his wallet and, hearing the victim’s plea, helped get him back into the scooter, police said.

“From what we understand, he started to take off, but the victim said, ‘Could you at least help me back up?’ Then the suspect came back and helped him back into the scooter and then took off on foot,” Sgt. Scott Jordheim said.

Police are still looking for the suspect, who they believe to be homeless.

People in the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the time said he had mentioned that he didn’t have a place to stay, according to Jordheim.

The mugging happened at 8:53 p.m. near the rear entrance of the VFW Club after the robber followed the victim out, according to a police report. He tried unsuccessfully to take the victim’s wallet and pushed the victim out of the scooter onto the ground.

After helping the victim back up, the mugger fled with the wallet, which contained $65 in cash and a debit card.

Police describe the suspect as a white man, about 40 years old, with medium-length dark, curly hair. He is about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighs 175 to 200 pounds, and wore a medium-length tan jacket, light gray sweatshirt and loose-fitting pants.

Police ask those with information about the mugging or who have seen someone matching the description to contact them at (218) 773-1104.

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