Woman pushed out of wheelchair by man trying to steal it

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

Others on the train are seen stepping in to stop him in the footage from the incident which took place around 3.40pm on Black Friday.

Video shows the woman try to hold on but eventually she gets dumped out of her wheelchair and the suspect takes off with it.

"Despite his reindeer slippers, this criminal was NOT spreading holiday cheer", police said.

A criminal in the USA city of Phoenix has been arrested after video footage showed him dumping a woman out of her wheelchair in an attempt to steal it.

Other passengers on the light rail came to the woman's aid as she screamed for help to assist her and stop Shurbutt from stealing the wheelchair, according to police.

Austin Shurbutt was arrested Saturday after trying to steal a woman's wheelchair on November 29.

Good Samaritans were able to intervene after seeing what happened and stopped him from taking the wheelchair.

He was finally caught on Saturday afternoon, more than a week later, after thousands of people shared his image across social media. "Yes, he was wearing reindeer slippers at the time of the crime".

On Saturday, police reported arresting Austin Shurbutt on suspicion of robbery, attempt to kidnap, assault and vulnerable adult abuse in an update on Facebook.

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