A man in a wheelchair who was beaten and robbed by two men may get justice thanks to a surveillance camera he set up in his apartment.
The camera caught the whole crime and helped police in Upper Darby, Pa., bring one of the suspects into custody.
The incident happened last Thursday and involved a 37-year-old man who has muscular dystrophy.
Police say the man, whose identity is being kept secret, got a call around 5:30 a.m. from his cousin saying he had been in a car accident and needed Oxycotin.
Although the victim has a legitimate prescription for the drug, he was suspicious about the request, according to Upper Darby Police Chief Michael Chitwood.
“The victim was kind of suspicious of getting a call at 5:20 in the morning,” Chitwood told NBC Philadelphia. “So he set up a video camera.”
The victim's cousin never showed up. In his place came two men later identified as Keenan Smith, 21, and Dominic Henderson, 23, who robbed him.
"They punched the victim in the face, dragged him out of his wheelchair and stepped on him while he was on the floor," Chitwood told Philly.com.
The men stole the victim's 50-inch Samsung television, his Xbox, his video games and 35 of his OxyContin pills before throwing his cellphone behind the couch and leaving him helpless on the floor, forced to crawl inch by inch for 30 minutes until he could retrieve the cell phone and call the police.
"It's cruel and inhumane. If they get caught and convicted they should throw them away forever," Chitwood told WPVI-TV. "They're bad guys."
One suspect, Dominic Henderson, was arrested a short time later, but the second, Keenan Smith, a professional boxer, is still on the run, according to WTSP-TV.
Henderson is currently being held on $50,000 bail.
Despite being beaten, the victim did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.
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