December 4, 2006
A disabled man is in the hospital Monday evening after being roughed up in broad daylight in Downtown Charlottesville.
"I saw a total of four people around a gentleman in a wheelchair. I looked over, and noticed the gentleman was being robbed and assaulted," said Eyewitness Virginia Mitchell.
Virginia Mitchell saw all this while waiting to catch a bus near Second and Water streets. Mitchell was curious, and concerned, so she walked over to see if the man needed help.
"They were picking him up, putting him over in the corner of stairwell down here by the athletic club, holding him to check his pockets and jacket, and just holding hi up like this," added Mitchell.
The by-stander quickly called police. Officers made it to the scene, and started their investigation. Police said the man, believed to be disabled, was a victim of an attempted robbery. The eyewitness was not surprised.
"No, they did it in broad daylight, and this is the time of year that you just have to watch for that. They could have been for disability check, or anything. It was just a pure day-time robbery," added Mitchell.
In broad daylight, she said it was done with no concern for people near-by, or especially the man minding his own business in a wheelchair.
"They were just basically looking for money, and left him there," said Mitchell.
The witness said the only description suspect she could get was three black men, and one black woman.
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