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Wheelchair-bound veteran robbed in Santa Ana

Robert Dean Joyce

March 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was arrested at a Tustin motel on suspicion of robbing a wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran Tuesday.

Robert Dean Joyce and an unidentified suspect are accused of stealing $880 from a Vietnam veteran who had recently moved back to California from Colorado.

Police did not identify the victim.

The wheelchair-bound man was attacked on the 300 block East 1st St. Joyce pinned the victim's arms down while the other suspect rummaged through the man's belongings. They allegedly took an $880.

Tustin Police officers responding to the report later found Joyce at a Tustin motel, where he was arrested.

Police are seeking the second suspect, described as an African-American male, between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call the Santa Ana Police Dept. at (714) 245-8400

To donate to the victim, go to http://www.sapdf.org/ and click on the wheelchair logo in the center of the page.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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