A homeless man is in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville under a $2,500 cash bond after Wheeling police arrested him for the rare offense of violence against the elderly.
Police also charged Peter Andrew Macconachie, 49, with public intoxication.
Police Sgt. Gregg McKenzie said officers responded to a 11:54 p.m. call Monday to assist the fire department with a medical emergency at Lane 13 in regards to an injured elderly man.
McKenzie said a witness approached officers as they arrived at the alley between 15th and 16th streets.
The witness told officers he saw the assailant demand money from the 75 -year-old victim and then grab the victim by the shirt and throw him to the ground. The witness chased the victim, but stopped at the 16th St. Convenient store to place the 911 call, McKenzie said.
McKenzie said officers searched the area around the store and located Macconachie across the street on Lane 15 near Wood Street.
A police report states the victim had no visible injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
McKenzie said police charged Macconachie with a state offense rather than a municipal offense.
Magistrate Patty Murphy arraigned Macconachie on Tuesday, and set bond at $2,500.
West Virginia code calls for mandatory sentencing for any person convicted of a violent offense against a person 65 years of age or older.
The sentencing is not subject to suspension or probation.
A provision, however, allows for a suspended sentence or probation provided the offender is sentenced to perform public service in or around a facility or program providing care or services to the elderly.