Blythe Resident Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Elderly Swap Meet Vendors

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A 56-year-old resident of Blythe, California is accused of assaulting and robbing two elderly sellers during a dispute at the Foothill Swap Meet Sunday morning.

Police were dispatched to the incident at 11:41 a.m. to the swap meet, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., on a battery call. The suspect shoved a 95-year-old seller and his wife to the ground and stole a $20 set of poker chips after being refused a refund.

Suspect Kevin McGinnis bought two radios from the seller and his wife a few weeks ago, but one of the radios didn’t work. McGinnis tried to get a refund Sunday, but the seller refused, angering McGinnis, said Sgt. Marty Barrett of Glendora Police.

The 95-year-old seller and his wife were pushed to the ground but suffered only minor injuries, Barrett said.

McGinnis ran from the swap meet, but was chased down by eye witnesses and detained until police arrived, Barrett said.

McGinnis was booked on suspicion of robbery and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

McGinnis was transferred to the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles due to prior medical issues, Barrett said.

McGinnis is scheduled to appear at the West Covina Courthouse Aug. 4, according to county booking records.