Robbery Suspect Uses Stolen Wheelchair to Flee Home Invasion

A Hillcrest man was robbed Thursday in a home invasion and the man suspected in the crime was spotted using the victim’s powered wheelchair for his getaway, police said.

San Diego Police arrested Stanley McQuery, 54, for breaking into the victim’s unit in the senior apartment complex on 6th Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue.

The 79-year-old victim told police it was after 3 a.m. when a man broke into his home through the bedroom window saying, “I’m trying to get out of here.”

The victim, who has one leg, used his wheelchair to move into the living room. There, he used his mobile phone to call police.

Then, the robber pulled the victim from the wheelchair and rode the device out of the apartment. It wasn’t until he saw a police officer with a K-9 unit that the suspect got off the wheelchair and ran.

The police dog bit McQuery in the arm as the suspect was arrested near Pennsylvania and 7th avenues. He was treated at the hospital and then booked on charges of robbery, burglary and elder abuse.

The victim suffered cuts and bruises to his leg, police said.

The location of the senior apartment complex is south of Robinson Avenue and west of State Route 163.

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