Woman has misgivings after handing over $150.
(Westlake) - Another reminder to watch out for and protect our senior citizens.
On Tuesday, police say a 72-year-old Westlake woman and her adult daughter reported an incident of an unlicensed solicitor approaching the older woman for a donation.
The solicitor, 40-year-old Anthony Ashby, initially approached the victim on Sunday at her home to sell garbage bags on behalf of Veterans Outreach USA. The victim did not have any money and asked him to return the next day.
Ashby did so.
When the victim could not find her cash, police say she agreed to ride with Ashby to her bank in North Olmsted, withdrew $150, gave it to him, and was driven back home. She then had misgivings about the encounter and called her daughter, who brought her to the Westlake Police Department.
Ashby claimed to work for Veterans Outreach and when contacted by Westlake Police he agreed to return the money. He has not done so. Mark Butler of Veterans Outreach was contacted by Westlake Police and stated that he uses contractors to raise funds, but does not allow donors to be driven around.
A summons for Solicitor Permit Required has been mailed to Ashby.
His criminal background includes: Cuyahoga Common Pleas Ct. convictions for Dom. Violence (misd. 1994), Possession of Drugs (fel. 2003), Trespass (misd. 2012); Lorain County Common Pleas Ct. Dom. Violence (fel.), Resisting Arrest (misd.), Obstructing Official Business (fel.), all in 2005; Cleveland Muny Ct. Dis. Conduct (misd.) 2011; Lakewood Muny Ct. 1998 DCI (misd.), 2000 Drug Paraphernalia (misd.), 2001 and 2005 DCI (misd.); Akron Muny Ct. 2000 Resisting Arrest (misd.): Medina County Common Pleas Ct. Dom. Violence (both fel.) 1996 and 1997.
Ashby also drove the victim despite having seven license suspensions.
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