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.