A little good press for a cyclist.
Knock-out punch of robbery suspect turns deadly
Willoughby Mariano | Sentinel Staff Writer
6:01 PM EDT, March 20, 2009
A knock-out punch from what police described as a "good Samaritan" defending a wheelchair-bound man during a robbery turned out to be fatal, an Orlando police spokesman said today.
Witnesses said Timothy Nickerson, 40, was in his wheelchair March 5 about 12:20 a.m. near West Washington Street and North Terry Avenue when Patrick Erwin Trice, 47, took his money and knocked him down, Sgt. Barbara Jones said.
A passing bicyclist noticed the attack, punched Trice, then pedaled away. Trice fell to the ground, and an officer found him unconscious and bleeding from the mouth and nose, Jones said. The money was in Trice's right hand. He was taken to Florida Hospital Orlando and died two days later.
Police asked the public for help identifying the man who delivered the punch and eventually found him. Jones did not release his name, saying his identity is part of an open investigation.
The death appears to be justifiable homicide, Jones said, but there has been no official ruling. The case is being forwarded to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office for review.