Detroit Man Who Walked 21 Miles To Work

Detroit Man Who Walked 21 Miles To Work

Detroit Man Who Walked 21 Miles to and from Work Moves Out of Dangerous Neighborhood


James Robertson will no longer be a target in his own neighborhood.

After his story went viral, the Detroit area man who used to walk 21 miles to get to and from work each day received a new car and $350,000 in donations.

Unfortunately, his marathon-length walk and inability to afford a car weren’t his only problems: His neighborhood was dangerous. That never became more clear than when a man was charged last week in the killing of an 86-year-old man who disappeared in December following a $20,000 lottery win, the Detroit Free Press reports.

After meeting with Detroit police, crime-prevention specialists offered Robertson somewhere safer to live, police Capt. Aric Tosqui told the Free Press: “He expressed interest that he did not feel safe.”

Currently being put up in an empty apartment owned by a local businessman, Robertson is seeking long-term housing – most likely, closer to his job at Schain Mold & Engineering, where he earns just $10.55 an hour.

“Don’t get me wrong. It’ll be hard to leave the city that I love,” Robertson told the Free Press.

While Robertson has yet to receive the money raised via the GoFundMe page set up by Evan Leedy, 19, a student at Wayne State University, the two will be meeting with financial advisors within a week to discuss how best to manage the windfall Robertson has coming his way, according to the Free Press.

“He’s a diamond in the rough in terms of what happened to him,” Tosqui said.

Source: jordanhgreen