A suburban Harrisburg man is beaten, robbed and mocked after an act of kindness. It happened just before 8 o’clock on December 19, 2012 near the intersection of North 4th and Kelker Streets. The 27-year-old victim told police that he had befriended a man who standing outside a convenience store at the corner of North 6th and Reilly Streets. The victim was living at the Bethesda Mission next door and had gone to the store to buy a few things.
The man outside the store said that he usually eats at the Mission but had missed the 5:46 meal and was hungry. The victim offered to buy the man a snack and cigarettes with his Access card. He was able to the buy the snack but not the cigarettes with the card. The man said he knew someone who could trade Access card points for cigarettes and they walked off together. At some point the man attacked the victim, hitting him on the head, knocking him to the pavement. The man took the victim’s last 2 cigarettes and $4.
The robber then berated the victim for being stupid to offer help to someone in that neighborhood and walked away. The victim suffered contusions and lacerations to the head. He was taken to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment.
Police just released a photo taken by the store surveillance camera in hopes that someone identifies the suspect. Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Harrisburg Police Detective Richard Iachini at (717) 255-3118 or Sergeant Thomas Carter at (717) 255-6586.