Disabled man robbed inside Covina home

COVINA – A masked intruder robbed a disabled man inside his own home Friday afternoon, police said.
The victim, a man in his 50s who walks with the aid of a cane or crutch due to cerebral palsy, heard a knock at his door about noon in the 200 block of East Nubia Street, Covina police Sgt. Robert Bobkiewicz said.
The resident saw no one and asked who was there, the sergeant said. In a deep voice, the person at the door claimed to be an animal control official.
When the resident opened his door, the robber rushed in and pushed the disabled resident to the ground, Bobkiewicz said. The man suffered minor cuts to his legs and feet in the fall.
The intruder then demanded money from the victim, who was unable to get up due to his disability, he said. The victim told the robber he had no money.
Bobkiewicz said the victim told the intruder he was disabled and asked the man not to steal from him.
The robber helped himself to a jewelry box containing about $800 worth of valuables that was in the resident’s bedroom and fled out the front door, police said. It was unclear if a getaway car was involved.
The robber was a black man between 28 and 32 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 175 pounds, Bobkiewicz said. He wore a blue hooded sweat shirt and covered his face with a blue bandana.

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