Reporting Aristea Brady
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A disabled Minneapolis man says he’s heartbroken after he was assaulted at gunpoint, and robbed of every dollar in his pocket.
“They took everything I had,” Tyrone Robinson said. “I asked them, ‘Why are you doing this to a poor, disabled man?’”
Robinson was in his wheelchair, getting out of his car at his home in north Minneapolis earlier this week when he pistol-whipped five times by three suspects, and robbed of the $900 he had from cashing his social security check.
Now he and his family are left with nothing.
It was Sunday night when Robinson pulled into his garage by himself.
“That’s when I heard a click noise, and I looked to my left, there this guy was, with the gun right at my head,” Robinson said. “And he smacked me.”
Robinson got hit multiple times in the head with the handgun.
“I told them, ‘Please don’t shoot me, it’s not worth it. It’s not worth it. I got a family. Don’t shoot me, man, I haven’t done anything wrong,’” he recalled.
Days later Robinson is in constant pain, and has multiple wounds to show for it.
“I lost vision out of my left eye,” he said.
The $900 the three suspects stole is the only money the Robinsons have to pay their bills. Robinson said he doesn’t know how they’re going to put food on the table.
Minneapolis police are asking for the public’s help, too. Authorities have limited information, but say they are looking for three black men in their early 20s.
If you have any information, call 612-692-TIPS.
If you want to help the Robinson family, visit any TCF branch and make a donation under the name “Donations for Tyrone.”
Or you can mail a check to 705 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411 — make your check payable to “Donations for Tyrone.”