A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND man allegedly stabbed an acquaintance five times in the leg when the victim refused to buy the man's Xbox early Sunday morning, Upper Darby police said yesterday
The victim, 57, remains at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in serious condition, said Michael Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent.
The same man who is charged in the stabbing, Andrew Hinson, was the subject of a segment on 6ABC this summer when he claimed his wheelchair was stolen from out front of his Upper Darby home.
Now, Hinson has gone from "victim" to "accused."
Police said Hinson, 48, went to his friend's house on Littlecroft Road near Guilford about 4:15 a.m., "started talking like a gangster," and tried to sell his acquaintance an Xbox.
When the man refused to buy the game console, Hinson pulled out a knife and started stabbing him in the leg, according to police.
Hinson left the scene, but authorities who knew him from his prior involvement with law enforcement tracked him to his house on Clinton Road near Littlecroft, police said.
Hinson was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and related offenses. Police said he had a glass pipe, pills and a knife on him when he was arrested.
Chitwood said Hinson has a long history with law enforcement dating back to 1989, when he spent time in state prison for burglary. In 1992 Hinson pleaded guilty to murder, though it's not clear what degree, and was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison and five years' probation, according to court records.
In the segment on 6ABC that aired in July, Hinson said he left his custom-made wheelchair out front of his house, and it was stolen. Police discovered that neighborhood kids had taken the wheelchair for a ride. It was eventually returned undamaged.
In the segment, Hinson's mother, Phyllis Poulson, said her son was shot in the back during a robbery in 2005 when he went to close up his barbershop in West Philadelphia.
"He's been victimized by different people feeling as though he's in a wheelchair [so] they can do whatever they want to him," she told 6ABC.