75-year-old blind man attacked, robbed in Upper Darby

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (WPVI) -- Police are searching for a suspect who beat and robbed a 75-year-old blind man in Upper Darby, Delaware County.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the unit block of Glendale Road.

"One of our seniors has been seriously injured, perhaps forever," the Upper Darby police tweeted.

Police say the victim, who is legally blind, was taken to the hospital with a possible fractured femur.

"Knocked to the ground, thrown to the ground, stomped on, and then the bad guy goes into his pockets and takes $100 and his cell phone," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Joanne Cardelli saw first responders on Sunday.

"I am surprised but wouldn't doubt something like this would happen around here," she said.

Chitwood said the victim was returning home from his daily three-mile walk. He takes the Market-Frankford Line to 30th Street where he gets out to walk, and then returns by the El.

"He said he takes the El to 30th Street because he could walk through West Philadelphia but is afraid to walk through West Philadelphia, so he takes the El. So he gets to Upper Darby and lo and behold he is assaulted, beaten and robbed," Chitwood said.

Anyone with information should call police at 610-734-7693.


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