Offers of help pour in after homeless man is robbed for his change

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SEATTLE — There’s been public outrage and offers of help for a homeless man in Seattle who was robbed on the street for his change.

After the story aired on Q13 FOX News, I started getting messages from viewers who wanted to help Michael Gillespie.

The onetime fisherman from Montana is homeless and panhandles in Seattle for food money — but when word spread that he’d been held up at knifepoint for what little money he had, it spurred people like Vinks McIntire to action.

“For some goofball to come by and rob him of his pocket change? You know, that’s a meal to that guy,” said McIntire, who knows what it’s like to be homeless and cold

He invited me to his Auburn home, where he stuffed a backpack for Gillespie full of clothes, gloves, boots and food.

“Some ham and cheese sandwiches, some iced teas, and a little Christmas treat for him,” he said.

I gave McIntire a big hug and headed off with all of his donations to find Gillespie. The only problem was that he wasn’t at his usual spot, the corner of 12th Avenue South and Main Street.   A nearby sandwich shop owner said other people had dropped off warm blankets and food for him, too.

When I called his mom and dad in Montana to tell them he was missing, they said he’d finally called. It was the first time they’d heard from him in months.

I dialed the number he called from and a nice woman in Bremerton said she had let him borrow her phone to make a call -- more kindness from a stranger for a man who is just trying to survive.

I will be back out Saturday trying to find Gillespie to give him some money and the backpack. I also hope to share with him what McIntire told me, “I guess my message to him is: You're loved. Someone on this world loves you.”

If you know the name of the man in the blue coat who robbed Gillespie, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

This is a photo of a man who is suspected of having robbed a homeless man in Seattle. (Photo: Son Quach)

This is a photo of a man who is suspected of having robbed a homeless man in Seattle. (Photo: Son Quach)

 

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9 comments

  • Kit

    A lot of the street people have mental issues and no matter how much you do for them, they return to their odd habits. The homeless living next to the freeways and parks are trashing Seattle.

  • Holly

    Be careful of this Vinks Mcintire as he is a master manipulator will will stop at nothing to make himself look good after leaving so ,much destruction behind. Look up the name Chester Mcintire on Keysso.net and youll see the savior here not only choked a pregnant woman his GF at the time but also went to jail for domestic abuse on her left and right and pulling a gun on a elderly couple and threatening their lives. He has a long rap sheet of domestic abuse, robbery too KARMA RIGHT!! and multiple DUI’s. He even impregnated a 16 yr old when he was over 20 what a PEDO he left California intermediately after she told him……This Mr Mcintire is also a deadbeat father to 3 kids and owes over 50K in child-support to the state of California,Arizona,and Florida he hasn’t even bothered to call his kids in ages. The man had to change his name to avoid his rap sheet following him. Currently hes trying to scam the system by saying he has mental issues to get disability. Look at his FB page how he talks about killing these women or hiring a hit man..

    Yeah he did a great thing but before you all embarrass yourselves if any of these women want to make due on what they are owed.

      • Holly

        Hey Ted just telling it like it is…….I know its the same person because hes attacked friends of mine on FB and in Auburn for exposing him for what he really is and others for cutting him off after seeing his lies. Maybe hes seeking redemption for all his wrongs who knows. Everything is public record. Check it out……All you have to do is Google him and hes out there and the proof shows………..Hes also currently being investigated for STOLEN VALOR claiming service on multiple occasions when he didnt even serve or even enlist:

        Name change:
        CHESTER DONALD MCINTIRE JR. NAME CHANGE. VINKS JULIAN MCINTIRE. Case: C20096433.

        AS for stalking heres his record on that :
        Arrest Date: 10/31/2001 CAD #: MCSO01CAD081648 Arrest #: MCSO01ARR010019 Offense #: MCSO01OFF012052
        Address:
        BOOT KEY HARBOR, MARATHON, FL 33050
        Arrest Location: CARIBBEAN DR KEY LARGO, 529
        Charges:
        1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 784.048.2
        STALKING
        Officer/Agency: 7222 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SECTOR 7 Bond Amount: $0
        Assault on a pregnant woman:
        Arrest Date: 12/11/2003 CAD #: MCSO03CAD116871 Arrest #: MCSO03ARR010307 Offense #: MCSO03OFF012187
        Address:
        BOOT KEY HARBOR, MARATHON, FL 33050

        Assualt on elderly couple by pulling a gun on them:
        Arrest Location: OCEAN BREEZE MARATHON, 1337
        Charges:
        1 Felony Count(s) of 784.045.2B
        AGG BATTERY – VIC OF THE BATTERY WAS PREG AT TIME OF OFFENSE AND
        Officer/Agency: 5112 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SECTOR 5 Bond Amount: $0
        Arrest Date: 04/18/2004 CAD #: MCSO04CAD036378 Arrest #: MCSO04ARR003492 Offense #: MCSO04OFF003671
        Address:
        BOOT KEY HARBOR, MARATHON, FL 33050
        Arrest Location: SOMBRERO BEACH ROAD MARATHON,
        Charges:
        1 Felony Count(s) of 784.021.1a
        AGGRAV ASSLT – W DEADLY WEAPON WITHOUT INTENT TO KILL
        Officer/Agency: 4116 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SECTOR 4 Bond Amount: $0

    • Holly

      Vinks is the guy trying to be nice by donating stuff………Many of us do the same thing but dont request grander by going on the news.

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