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Springfield man in wheelchair says someone tried to rob him

A Springfield man says he was a victim of an attempted robbery while he traveling using a wheelchair Tuesday evening, according to a Springfield police report.

Springfield police were dispatched to the 600 block of West High Street at around 7 p.m. New Year’s Day, the police report says. The man told officers he was traveling westbound on the street when he was approached by an unknown man.

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“(The victim) advised the suspect was wearing an orange shirt with black and grey camo pants,” the police report says. “The suspect approached (the victim) and asked him if he needed help. When (the victim) stated no, the suspect asked for money and reached towards (the victim’s pockets)”

The victim told the suspect to leave him alone, the affidavit says, and pulled his wheelchair away. However, the report says the suspect then attacked the victim.

“Upset, the suspect punched (the victim) in the face causing redness and bleeding to his mouth,” the report says. “(The victim) was asked but refused all medical treatment at this time.”

The report says the suspect fled northbound and didn’t take any money from the victim. Officers checked the area but was unable to find the suspect.

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The report described the suspect as a white man who is 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds. The report says he was between 20 and 30 years old with blond hair.

Due to the lack of suspect information, no charges have been filed in the case. Springfield police are continuing their investigation.

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