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Homeless man accused of beating, trying to rob disabled man in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A homeless man accused of beating and trying to rob a man confined to a wheelchair was arrested Monday.

On Monday afternoon, John W. Smith, 59, tried to take cash from the victim's shirt pocket near Court Street and Garden Avenue downtown, a Clearwater police arrest affidavit shows.

When the victim, whose has only one leg, wouldn't give up the money, Smith punched and slapped him, the affidavit states. The victim sustained a cut above his left eye and was taken to Morton Plant Hospital.

Smith faces a charge of strong armed robbery of a disabled adult.

He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Homeless man accused of beating, trying to rob disabled man in Clearwater 08/27/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 1:02pm]

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