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Man, 88, robbed after giving man a ride

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By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster man faces several charges after deputies say he robbed an 88-year-old man Friday afternoon.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Brian James Hinson, 31, of 1523 Virginia St., with kidnapping, strong-armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery, third-offense petty larceny, forgery, financial card theft and financial card fraud.

Hinson is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center. Bond information was unavailable at press time Tuesday afternoon.

Hinson was arrested about 4 p.m. Tuesday following an investigation into an incident that began about 3 p.m. Friday at Founders Federal Credit Union on Springdale Road, Chief Deputy Barry Faile said.

The 88-year-old man, a Chester resident, was in his car at the credit union when a man approached him, asking for a ride, according to the sheriff's office.

The man told the driver he needed some gas so he could pick up his wife. The driver gave him a ride to where nearby Edgeport Drive ended.

There, the 88-year-old man was punched in the face, according to an incident report.

The assailant took $200, a check book and several credit cards before he got out of the car and headed toward Great Falls Highway, the report said.

The 88-year-old man drove back to Chester County and called 911 about an hour later, the report said.

Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said he didn't suffer any serious injuries.

Faile said Hinson had forged some of the man's checks and used his credit cards after the robbery.

Safety tips

Faile offers the following tips to help remain safe in similar situations:

- Never give anyone a ride or otherwise let them in your vehicle.

- Be aware of your surroundings when you're traveling.

- Try to remain in well-lighted areas.

- Keep your car doors locked.

- Try not to travel alone.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152