Friday, November 14, 2008

When You Can't Fight Back

The thing that bothers me most about this article, is the dude KNEW how vulnerable the man in the wheelchair is. Even if he wasn't going to push him into the river, he played on that vulnerability.

Man Arrested In Wheelchair Assault

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Police arrested a man for allegedly hitting a wheelchair-bound victim, then trying to push him into the Willamette River.

Investigators say 44-year-old Ronald Baynum had an ongoing dispute with the victim. One day last week, they say he hit that wheelchair-bound man on the head. Then, he told him he was going to send him into the river.

A witness told police that Baynum pushed the victim to the edge of a steep dropoff, when the bank falls about 40 feet to the water. The wheelchair victim hollered for help, some nearby people heard his cries and ran at Baynum. He hopped on his bicycle and got away, but was arrested later.

The victim's wheelchair ended up about a foot short of the dropoff.
Ronald Baynum is charged with kidnapping, coercion, menacing and reckless endangering.

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