Only on 7: Man posing as Good Samaritan attacks, robs blind man in Northeast D.C.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A man posing as a Good Samaritan helped a blind man walk across a busy street in Northeast D.C. and then attacked him and robbed him inside a McDonald's bathroom.
Major Madison tells ABC7 that just before noon on August 2, he cashed a check in a liquor store. He now believes the man overheard the store clerk helping him sort out his bills and met him outside.
“He said,’excuse me, sir, do you need help crossing the street?'” Madison says.
After crossing the street Madison went to the restroom in McDonald’s and he says the man followed him in. As he started to wash his hands, he suddenly was in a choke hold.
“He picked me up like a little kid and slammed me right to the ground,” Madison says.
As Madison, 61, tried to fight back with his cane, his attacker stole all the money Madison had that day, more than $700.
“He reached in my left pocket and took all of my money,” Madison says.
His rent and food money was gone. And He needed 18 stitches in his leg.
“All you have to do is ask me,” Madison says. “I would've given it to him.”
Thanks to an eyewitness and surveillance video inside the fast food restaurant, police identified the suspect. On August 28, they arrested Devone Hines, 46, for robbery.
Residents in the neighborhood pointed Hines out to detectives.
When detectives questioned Hines, according to court documents, Hines said he walked an "old man across the street but I didn't do anything to him."