An Ohio man, who tried to steal a disabled woman's service dog, has been sentenced to prison, reported Saturday's Toledo Blade.
On Friday, 20-year-old Quincy T. Mathews pleaded guilty to robbery for the incident which took place on a Toledo, Ohio, bus last July; as part of a plea agreement, Mathews will spend two years in prison.
In court, Mathews claimed that it was not Arrica Okenka's service dog, "Ingrid," that he intended to swipe, but rather, her purse; he claimed that he accidentally grabbed the dog's leash instead of the purse.
Okenka told the Toledo Blade that she was angry at his claim, stating:
If he wanted my purse, I keep it on the back of my [wheel]chair.
Okenka's recount of the event to ABC 13 News shortly after the July incident disputes Mathews' version. She stated:
I wasn't letting go I had a death grip on her. He would have had to drag me off the bus with her,"
I had my her leash wrapped around my hand and he grabbed the leash and it cut my hand,"
Mathews had interacted with Okenka prior to his attempt to steal her service dog. In their brief conversation, he had inquired if the dog would bite. Okenka recalled believing that the man intended to steal her cell phone, never imagining that her dog might be at risk instead.
The judge presiding over the case described Mathews as a predator and stated:
You saw how scared she still is [...]You caused that, and as you stand before me, I don’t think you care at all. You have a lot of growing up to do.
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