A St. Paul man accused of beating and robbing a 76-year-old man who gave him a ride has been charged.
Daulon Sampson, 31, was charged Monday with first-degree aggravated robbery. He was arrested over the weekend in connection with the incident.
According to the criminal complaint:
The 76-year-old victim was at Super America on Feb. 18 when Sampson asked him for a ride. The victim drove him to Milton Street and Lafond Avenue, at which point Sampson said his door was stuck.
When the victim got out to help, Sampson also got out of the car and "tackled" the victim to the ground, before hitting him with something. Then he "violently ripped" off the victim's jacket, which had his wallet and phone, before fleeing on foot.
Police responded to the intersection around 10:40 p.m., where the found the victim. He had a broken leg, which required surgery, and a broken arm.
Police obtained video footage from the Super America, which shows Sampson speaking to the victim and getting into his car.
Investigators tracked the victim's phone to a garbage bag inside a Dumpster on Lafond Street. The bag also contained the victim's Medica card and a prescription box belonging to a nearby residence – the same address where Sampson claimed he lived when he was interviewed by police in connection with a robbery earlier this year.
Police obtained a search warrant for the apartment, and when they arrived Sampson dove through a bedroom window, breaking the glass. He was then arrested outside the apartment.
Sampson denied robbing the victim, but did say he and another man got a ride from him, adding he got out of the car near Pennsylvania Avenue. Sampson "could not explain" how the victim's phone and medical card wound up in the garbage bag.
The victim said he only gave a ride to one man – the person seen in the surveillance video.
Sampson, who has several previous felony convictions for theft, burglary and domestic assault by strangulation, is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
If convicted, Sampson faces up to 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.