Elderly man knocked out of wheelchair during French Quarter robbery attempt

NEW ORLEANS – An elderly man was knocked out of his wheelchair in the French Quarter last night during a robbery attempt.

The 77-year-old man was in the 800 block of Decatur Street around 10:30 p.m. on July 8 when he was attacked from behind.

Forty-one-year-old Sylbe Paul approached the victim from behind and grabbed his jacket, which contained his wallet, according to initial reports by the NOPD.

The victim held onto his jacket, and a struggle ensued.

The victim’s wheelchair tipped over during the struggle, which continued until a bystander intervened.

Paul was arrested on the scene for simple robbery, according to the NOPD.