PLYMOUTH – A would-be Good Samaritan robbed a man with Parkinson’s Disease who was having trouble walking in downtown Plymouth on Friday afternoon, police said.
Asa Beau Lakey, 29, of Plymouth, was charged with robbery and theft.
According to police:
Lakey helped John Swentner Jr., 66-year-old man who has Parkinson’s Disease, walk up Main Street in Plymouth near Dunkin Donuts. Swentner then bought Lakey an orange soda for his help. Lakey told Swentner he was a U.S. Marine and was on leave for a little while.
The two then walked across the street and sat down near the Wells Fargo bank and Lakey robbed Swentner of $180, money Swentner planned to use to pay his utility bills.
After the robbery, Swentner yelled, “Hey hey hey, catch him. He just robbed me!” A man exiting the bank witnessed Lakey run past him at that time. Also, two women started to chase Lakey.
Police, on patrol, saw the two men sitting earlier. Police went to Lakey’s home at West Walnut Street, and arrested him on an outstanding warrant from Wilkes-Barre police. Police brought Lackey back to the scene and Swentner and three witnesses identified Lakey as the suspect.
At the police station, Lakey admitted to the robbery.
“We sat down at Wells Fargo, I made a bad decision and took his money and ran to 27 W. Walnut St. and tossed my hoodie up in the attic with the money,” Lakey told police, according to arrest papers.
The money was recovered from Lakey’s home and returned to the man.
Lakey was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Donald Wittaker and taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $12,500 bail.