Report: Homeless man robbed of $2.98

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 4, 2011

A homeless man was arrested Thursday afternoon after reportedly assaulting and robbing another homeless man of $2.98.
Michael Ray Trapp reportedly attacked Matthew Dwyer while he was sleeping under the Fisher Street bridge, according to a Salisbury police report.
The report said that officers were dispatched to the emergency room at Rowan Regional Medical Center Feb. 25 around 1:30 a.m. to talk to Dwyer, who said a man assaulted and robbed him.
Dwyer told police he was sleeping near the railroad tracks under the Fisher Street bridge when Trapp, 54, aggressively came up to him.
Dwyer said he ignored Trapp and tried to fall back asleep, but that Trapp repeatedly hit him in the face, then reached in Dwyer’s pocket and took the cash and change, the report said.
Police did not know how Dwyer got to the hospital, but said his injuries were not serious.
Officers continued the investigation and obtained warrants for Trapp’s arrest.
Trapp was arrested Thursday and charged with felony common law robbery and misdemeanor trespassing on railroad right-of-way. He was given a $5,000 secured bond.
Dwyer has also been charged with trespassing on railroad right-of-way, but has not been located.

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