FLORENCE - Authorities say a homeless man attacked and robbed another homeless man who was in a wheelchair.
Maroland Haskins is charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in the incident, Florence police Sgt. Cliff Billingsley said.
Haskins was arrested Monday and remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with bond set at $62,500, Billingsley said. He said the arrest stems from a Jan. 10 incident on North Court Street that started with Haskins striking up a conversation with the victim.
"Haskins then walked behind the male, acting as if he was throwing something in the garbage can. Once behind him, Haskins struck him in the head with an unknown object, causing him to fall out of his wheelchair," Billingsley said. "Haskins then jumped on top of him and told him to give him everything or he was going to shoot him. Haskins acted as if he had a firearm. Haskins then pulled the male’s shoe off and pants off which contained his money and fled with them. The victim then went to the North Alabama Medical Center for medical treatment which required several staples in his head to close the wound caused by Haskins."