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article imageBlind man robbed and beaten with his own cane

By Laura Trowbridge     Aug 5, 2010 in Crime
Mount Clemens - A legally blind man from Mount Clemens, Michigan was attacked, robbed and beaten by several men as he was walking home from cashing a disability check at the bank.
Dan Perron, 50, said he cashed his disability check at a downtown Mount Clemens bank before stopping at a party store to get a money order to pay his rent. He had $600 left over, which he put in his pocket.
As he walked home, a gang of young males jumped him and beat him, even using his own cane on him, and robbed him of his cash.
Perron told The Macomb Daily: "They were kicking and hitting me and they tried to turn me upside down so they could get into my pockets. They knocked my glasses off and kept cussing at me.
"One guy kept saying to the other guy ... 'No m----f---, it's in the other pocket,' so I think they saw me at the store with some money."
Perron tried fighting back and was able to pull off a plastic chain with an attached key from around the neck of one of his attackers.
A witness saw the incident occur and came to the rescue of Perron, chasing the gang away, but not before they made off with Perron's money.
Capt. John Roberts of the Macomb County Sheriff Department said they have several males in custody who are being questioned, but no arrests have been made yet.
Business owners in the area are tired of the gang violence and would like to see the community take a more active roll in putting a stop to it.
David McKinney, CEO of Clean Light Green Light, is offering $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the males who attacked Dan Perron on Tuesday evening.
"This is unacceptable. When I read this in the paper, it made my blood boil. I'm not willing to stand by and let this happen. Next time it could be me and my family," McKinney said.
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