A man accused of preying on senior citizens in a Newark neighborhood had the tables turned on him when one of his victims confronted him and beat him with a metal pipe, police said.
Now, police are asking for the public’s help identifying the man, who allegedly talked his way into his victim’s houses before distracting them and stealing their wallets.
The thefts happened June 30 and July 2 on Independence Circle in George Read Village, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department. That area of the neighborhood is a public housing community for low-income seniors that is run by the Newark Housing Authority.
The first victim is older than 65, and the other is older than 90, Rubin added.
In both cases, the man knocked on the door and asked to come inside to go to the bathroom or get something to eat. When the resident left the room to get what the man requested, the man grabbed the resident’s wallet and fled, Rubin said.
On Wednesday night, the man returned to the first victim’s house and sat on the porch.
“Recognizing the suspect from the prior week, the victim proceeded to speak with the suspect and then invited him into the residence,” Rubin said. “Once inside the residence, the victim struck the suspect multiple times with a metal pipe, before the suspect fled the residence on foot.”
The suspect was described as a black man with only three teeth on the top of his mouth, 5 feet 9 inches tall and between 32 and 38 years old. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect in these incidents is asked to contact Officer Jose Santos at 302-366-7100, ext. 3144, or email@example.com.