Steven Otis, 52, is a double amputee who was beaten and robbed of his wheelchair and money. He was wheeling down a sidewalk in Brockton, Massachusetts, on Friday at the time of the attack. He told CBS Boston, “I was coming up the sidewalk, one hit the back of my head. One took my wallet and one took my wheelchair.” said Otis. They knocked him down and stole his wheelchair while he lay on the ground.
Otis crawled on the sidewalk in the rain with his arms and made it about 100 feet away from where he was robbed. He called for emergency assistance. Police found him after receiving his call to 911. “I wasn’t gonna stay there it was far easier to crawl up the street to get away cause you don’t know if they’re coming back,” said Otis.
According to WCVB News, police officer Daniel MacIntosh went to Otis’ aid after responding to an earlier call at a parking lot behind the Elmcourt Hotel. Police Lt. William Hallisey said that when MacIntosh exited his cruiser, “he could hear a man screaming for help.” Hallisey added, “He found a man crawling on the ground.”
A firefighter found Otis’ wheelchair later in an abandoned lot nearby. Police have no suspects at this time.
Otis has been disabled since suffering a fall five years ago that necessitated the amputation of both of his legs. He resides at the Elmcourt Hotel. Police are hoping that surveillance footage may provide clues to the identity of the assailants.
Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.