Wheelchair-bound man arrested for robbing convenience store

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, February 20, 2012 17:41 EDT
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A 22-year old wheelchair-bound man was arrested in Florida for allegedly robbing a convenience store with a knife, according to CBS Miami.

The convenience store clerk said John Christopher Champion maneuvered his motorized wheelchair behind the counter, pulled out a pocket knife and demanded cash from the register.

The 54-year-old clerk tried to fight back against Champion, but he overpowered her. During the scuffle, Champion was stabbed in the leg three times.

He then left the store with a 12-pack of beer and a roll of electrical tape, which were valued at $20. When police arrived, they found Champion stuck in sand behind the store drinking a beer and “very intoxicated,” the incident report said.

Champion allegedly said he told the clerk to “push the panic button because the police would not arrest a handicapped person.”

The incident was caught on surveillance cameras. Champion faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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