Two Collier County women were arrested after being accused of stealing money from a disabled man outside a library. Cheryl Muston, 30, and Sara Ledingham, 31, each face charges of unarmed robbery.
The 32-year-old victim, who is deaf and learning disabled - and has a physical disability in his left arm - told detectives through a sign language interpreter that he was outside the Golden Gate Library when two women approached him. He indicated that one of them punched him in the face, then took the $25 he had in his wallet.
When detectives showed the victim a photo line-up, he identified Muston - whom the victim apparently knew in school - and her friend Ledingham as the women who robbed him.
Library customer Yoana Cutino was shocked to hear of the crime.
"I know a few disabled people, and that's just not right," Cutino said. "They're already going through their own issues in life."
According to their arrest reports, both Muston and Ledingham initially denied having anything to do with the robbery, but detectives noted that witnesses claim otherwise.
The robbery arrests are the only record of either Muston or Ledingham being arrested in Collier County. Both are scheduled to be arraigned September 4.