ITHACA, N.Y. — Two people were arrested last night by Ithaca Police after reportedly asking a man for money and then robbing him of his wallet.
Donta Braxton, 41, allegedly approached the victim last night at the intersection of W. State St. and Plain St. just after 8 p.m. According to records, Braxton asked him for money, claiming he was hungry and freezing.
The victim said he said he knew he had cash in his wallet, but hesitated to give Braxton the money. Records show that Braxton was then approached by a woman, Joyce Henderson, 48. The victim said at this point he proceeded to pull out his wallet to give Braxton cash, and Braxton forcibly grabbed the entire wallet.
As Braxton reportedly escaped with the wallet, the victim said he attempted to follow him. Court documents say that Henderson remained between the victim and Braxton, and “got in the face of the victim and yelled at the top of her lungs.”
The victim said when he asked for his wallet back while following the two, Henderson said, “you’re in the wrong neighborhood for that, you could get shot here.”
The complainant then called the police, and said that he saw Braxton had taken the cash and thrown his wallet as he and Henderson walked away.
Both Braxton and Henderson have been charged with fourth-degree larceny, and are currently held at Tompkins County Jail without bail.