VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities said an Edgewater man who simply wanted a ride to his appointment at a veterans clinic Tuesday was instead robbed him of his prescription pills and left stranded on the side of the road with his son.
The 77-year-old man allegedly knew one of the suspects, and police were able to make an arrest later that day.
The victim told authorities Chris Washington, 38, called him Tuesday to ask if he knew of any job opportunities. The victim said his car was broken down and that he needed a ride to a the Veterans Affairs clinic and that he would pay Washington to drive him.
Authorities said Washington and driver William Garner, 25, picked the victim and his 52-year-old son up a short time later, driving them to the clinic. On the way back to the victim's house, however, Garner pulled over on Tomoka Farms Road near Daytona Beach where Washington then stole the man's prescribed oxycodone
pills, authorities said.
The victim said he tried to fight back but quit when he saw Washington had a handgun in his waistband.
The victim said Washington then dragged him out of the car and threw him to the ground. The victim's son got out of the vehicle to help his father, which is when Washington put his hand on his waistband and said, "Don't make me pull this gun," authorities said.
Washington got back into the car and the two suspects drove away.
When police arrived at Garner's house in New Smyrna Beach, he told them Washington owed him money and called him Tuesday morning to say he might have a way to pay up if they gave someone a ride.
Garner was charged with robbery with a firearm, battery on a person 65 years old or older, and a narcotics offense.
Washington was arrested later in the day and charged with robbery with a firearm, aggravated battery on a person 65 years old or older, and trafficking in oxycodone.
Both men were booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail.