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Durham Man Charged With Assault On Two Visually Impaired Men

Posted November 27, 2002 10:39 a.m. EST

— Durham police have arrested 38-year-old Milton Jesse Twitty on charges of common-law robbery and assault on a handicapped person in connection with a strong-arm robbery that occurred Tuesday nght.

After he became combative at the Magistrate's Office, Twitty was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer. He was jailed with a bond set at $50,000.

According to a statement released by the Durham Police Department, Robert Lee Clodfelter and his son, Robert Daniel Clodfelter, were walking home on east Main Street carrying groceries and household items they had just purchased. The victims had stopped to rest when they were approached by a suspect who asked if he could help carry their bags.

Both victims are permanently disabled and considered legally blind.

The victims told the suspect they didn't need any help. As they began to pick up their bags, the suspect grabbed the bags and pushed the victims to the ground, according to police.

The suspect then left on foot. Both victims continued home, where they called the police.

Durham police units searched the immediate area of the crime. Twitty was observed walking in the 200 block of North Guthrie Avenue carrying a grocery bag matching the victims' bags and fitting the limited physical description the victims could provide.

Police stopped and detained Twitty, who reportedly had in his possession grocery items that matched the cash register receipt that the victims still had in their possession.

After Twitty's arrest, the victims' property was returned to them.