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Clinton man accused of robbing a senior citizen

Joseph A. Veselko Jr
Joseph A. Veselko Jr

MORRISON – A Clinton, Iowa man is in Whiteside County jail on $100,000 bond, accused of trying to tie up a 67-year-old man and robbing him of his cellphone and $50.

Joseph A. Veselko Jr., 36, is charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated battery and misdemeanor attempted restraint. Because the robbery involves someone older than 60, the penalty is 4 to 15 years. Burglary carries 3 to 7 years, and battery 2 to 5 years.

According to court records, Veselko went into the office at Paradise Gardens, a Fulton garden center at 1530 14th Ave., on June 18, took the man’s phone and $50, knocked him to the ground and used a rope to try to tie his hands behind his back.

Veselko was arrested in Morrison July 9. He has a preliminary hearing Monday.

He also is charged in a separate but related case with resisting an officer, also a misdemeanor, on July 9, and is facing two counts of misdemeanor theft, charges that were levied in April.

In July 2016, he was charged in Whiteside County Court in two cases, one with two counts of resisting an officer and possession of marijuana, the other for burglary and misdemeanor trespass.

In January 2017, as part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to a year with the Department of Corrections for one count of resisting, followed by 2 years of conditional discharge for trespass.

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