‘A cowardly act’: Visually impaired man says he was robbed in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- John Williams can only make out general objects and colors.

"I just saw your hand move," Williams said. "I can see you might have on a red dress, but I can't see your face," he told FOX8 reporter Sarah Krueger.

And Wednesday morning, Williams said two men took advantage of his poor vision.

"They were picking on me because I'm visually impaired," Williams said. "Two guys walked up to me like, 'What are you doing blind man?' One hit me in the back, one hit me in the chest. I just stood there and did what they said. I can't see good enough to fight."

Williams called the incident "a cowardly act." He said the two men took his wallet, which had about $560 in cash inside.

It happened around 2:40 a.m. near South Anthony Street in Burlington. Because of Williams' poor eyesight, he was not able to provide police with a detailed description of the suspects.

Williams said he's on a fixed income, and losing $560 is a big loss.

"That was going to be my rent money and my food money for this month," he said. "Now I'll probably get a write-up. I may get evicted. But I'll do my best to take care of it."

Williams said he often walks in the Burlington community and he won't let this single incident deter him from doing so.

"I'm a little afraid, but I'll be more aware," he said. "I'm not going to let it stop me from being out in the community."

Burlington police said they have not made any arrests in the case.

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