Robber Who Attacked Man in Wheelchair Surrenders: Cops

One of the men who police say was caught on camera attacking and robbing a man in a wheelchair turned himself in to police on Wednesday, according to investigators.

By David Chang
|  Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012  |  Updated 6:39 PM EDT
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Caught on Cam: Man in Wheelchair Attacked

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Police say Keenan Smith, 21, arrived at police headquarters along with his attorney. Investigators say Smith is the man grabbing the television in this picture.

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Man in Wheelchair Beaten and Robbed

Police are searching for a second suspect who attacked and robbed a man in a wheelchair Thursday in his Upper Darby apartment. The 37 year-old victim, who suffers from Muscular Distrophy, was struck, dragged from his wheelchair and then robbed by two men. Police arrested 23 year-old Dominic Henderson of Upper Darby later that day. Police are searching for 21 year-old Keenan Smith.

Caught on Cam: Man in Wheelchair Attacked

Police say a man in a wheelchair was attacked and robbed in his home in Upper Darby. The victim caught the attack on his surveillance camera. NBC10's Byron Scott reports.
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One of the men who police say was caught on camera attacking and robbing a man in a wheelchair turned himself in to police on Wednesday, according to investigators.

Police say Keenan Smith, 21, arrived at police headquarters along with his attorney.

Keenan Smith, Credit: Philadelphia Police

Investigators say Smith, along with Dominic Henderson, 22, were caught on camera attacking and robbing a man in a wheelchair who suffers from muscular dystrophy.

It happened last Thursday around 5:20 a.m. at the Lansdowne Towers Apartment Complex in Upper Darby.  Police say the victim’s cousin called him, saying he had been in a car accident and needed Oxycotin. The victim has a legitimate prescription for the drug but was suspicious about the request, according to investigators.

“The victim was kind of suspicious of getting a call at 5:20 in the morning,” said Upper Darby Police Chief Michael Chitwood. “So he set up a video camera.”

After the victim set up a video camera inside his home, Henderson and Smith arrived at the door and he let them in, according to investigators. After brief conversation, the video shows the men going off camera. It was then that police say one of the men punched the victim, knocking him out of the chair.

The surveillance camera captured Henderson dragging the victim into the living room, according to investigators.

Dominic Henderson, Credit: Philadelphia Police

Police also say Smith was captured on camera grabbing a flat screen television and several other items, including 37 Oxycotin pills. Police say Henderson repeatedly kicked the victim to stop him from getting up as the robbery took place. They then fled the scene.

“It took all the victim had in him to crawl to the door and lock the door because he was scared to death,” said Chitwood. “He thought these guys would come back and rob him some more or kill him.”

Police say the victim eventually got to his cell phone and called 911. The man’s neighbor spoke to NBC10.

“I felt sorry for him,” said the man who did not want to be identified. “But I think he was lucky. They really could have done a job on him.”

Police arrested Henderson last Friday during a traffic stop. Before Smith's arrest on Wednesday, police told NBC10 he was an amateur boxer. Smith was arraigned on Wednesday after surrendering to police with bail set at $1 million.

“They should go to jail for a long time,” said Wilber Tasco, another neighbor of the victim.

Police have not released the victim’s name and say he is currently in hiding.
 

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