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April 4, 2014

21-year-old is accused of robbing a blind man in Kansas City

Prosecutors charged Robert L. Cooper with second-degree robbery. The incident occurred Wednesday near the victim’s apartment.

Jackson County prosecutors accused a 21-year-old man of robbing a blind 56-year-old man near the victim’s apartment Wednesday in Kansas City.

Prosecutors charged Robert L. Cooper with second-degree robbery. He remained in jail Friday in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

The victim told police he had walked home from the post office just before 4 p.m. and was climbing the stairs to reach his third-floor apartment in the 100 block of West 39th Street when someone grabbed him by the throat and threw him on the ground. He felt multiple people going through his pockets. The robbers broke his watch and stole his cellphone and a carton of cigarettes.

A witness called 911 and noted one robber was wearing red and orange clothing. The witness saw two of the robbers enter a smoke shop.

Officers responding to the call saw a man fitting the description walking on a nearby sidewalk and arrested Cooper. Footage from the smoke shop showed Cooper had been inside the store, according to police reports.

Cooper was seen earlier in the day hanging out with a neighbor of the blind man, police reports said. The blind man told police he didn’t get along with that neighbor.

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