Harrisburg police are trying to identify a robber who attacked a man who gave him food and then criticized him for offering his help.
Police on Wednesday released surveillance photos of the robbery suspect so that someone may recognize him.
The victim in the case, a 27-year-old suburban Harrisburg man, reported he had befriended his would-be attacker outside a gas station at North 6th and Reily streets on December 19.
He said the man told him he was staying at Bethesda Mission, but had missed the evening meal and was hungry. The victim agreed to get a snack with his Access card, according to police.
However, as the two walked off looking to trade Access points for cigarettes, the robber hit the victim on the head with a hard object and knocked him to the pavement before stealing his last two cigarettes and $4, police said.
then berated the victim for being so stupid as to offer help to someone in
that neighborhood and walked off, police said.
The victim suffered bruises and cuts to the head. He was taken to the Harrisburg Hospital for treatment.
Anyone who can identify the man in the surveillance photos is asked to call Harrisburg police at 717-255-3118 or 717-255-6586.