Police Arrest Man Accused of Attacking and Robbing Blind Man in Upper Darby - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Police Arrest Man Accused of Attacking and Robbing Blind Man in Upper Darby

Marvin Harper, 25, was arrested and is currently in custody, Upper Darby Police announced Wednesday.

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    Police arrested a suspect accused of robbing a legally blind 74-year-old man in broad daylight while he was walking home from a SEPTA stop.

    Marvin Harper, 25, was arrested and is currently in custody, Upper Darby Police announced Wednesday.

    Investigators say Harper tackled the victim as he was walking home from the 69th Street terminal back on Nov. 26 around 2:30 p.m. He then allegedly punched and kicked him and stole $100 in cash as well as the victim's phone before fleeing the scene.

    The victim suffered injuries during the attack and was taken to the hospital.

    Prior to Harper's arrest, Upper Darby police chief Michael Chitwood called the suspect a "scumbag" and a "predator" who needed to be taken down.

    "It angers me when you see somebody who is minding their own business," Chitwood said. 

    Every day, the victim, who is also a cancer survivor, takes the Market-Frankford line to 30th Street Station and walks through the city to get some exercise. He then makes his way back to the El and heads home.

    Police have not revealed what led to Harper's arrest.

    Marvin Harper
    Photo credit: Upper Darby Police