Police on Friday arrested a 29-year-old man accused of robbing and assaulting an elderly man and woman in wheelchairs in broad daylight.
Eric Lemel Campbell, 29, of Durham was charged with one count of common-law robbery, one count of attempted common-law robbery and two counts of assault on a handicapped person, police said Friday.
Investigators filed the charges against Campbell on Thursday.
The robbery and assaults happened about 1:45 p.m. July 6 in the 300 block of Chestnut Street in south Durham.
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Investigators say a 65-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman, both in wheelchairs, were coming from the bus stop when a man approached them.
The man yanked a gold necklace off the female victim’s neck and tried unsuccessfully to pull rings off her fingers, causing lacerations to her hands. The male victim was able to fight off the suspect, who ran away, police said.
The victims, whose names were not made public by police, were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Police transported Campbell to the Durham County jail, where he is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bail.