Arrest made after PHX man dies stopping robbery

Posted at 12:54 PM, Mar 30, 2016

A man has been arrested in connection to an attempted robbery in Phoenix.

Phoenix police said 35-year-old Michael Nelson has been arrested after he allegedly robbed and assaulted an elderly couple near 23rd Avenue and Northern.

The 86-year-old man involved in the incident died from health complications after stopping the attempted robbery at his home.

On the morning of January 15, the victim Jack, and his wife Patricia were approached by a man who tried to give them a gift card in exchange for $60 to cover part of the value. The couple refused, and the suspect then tried to steal the woman’s purse. Jack stepped in and fought with the man to get the purse, and the suspect ran away.

Days after the incident, Jack complained of pain and was taken to the hospital where doctors discovered he had suffered several broken ribs. His health continued to decline, and unfortunately Jack died of his injuries.

Patricia tells ABC15, Jack was a veteran of the Korean War. The couple had met when Jack was stationed in England. They have three children, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.