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Man hopes donation to robbery victim will inspire others to go the extra mile

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — When Chris Payton heard a 76-year-old woman was mugged at the Citizens Bank he regularly goes to, he was heartbroken.

“I was devastated,” he said. “I have zero tolerance for elderly abuse.”

Payton is the business development manager at Smoke Clean Restoration, a family-owned business which specializes in disaster restoration. He said he’s met people at their lowest points, and he knew he had to help the victim.

“We can go that extra mile and give back to the community,” Payton said. “This is just one good faith act to reach out to this poor woman.”

Payton said he originally planned to donate money to the woman himself, but the owners of Smoke Clean Restoration said they too wanted to pitch in.

That’s when Payton said he reached out to the Dartmouth Police Department. He hadn’t heard back for a few days, but when his phone rang on Thursday, he knew exactly who it was.

The woman, Alice Costa, was told by Dartmouth police to reach out to Payton. After speaking on the phone for quite some time, Costa told Payton he didn’t have to give her money, but he insisted.

“Without hesitation, I said ‘Where can we meet?'” Payton recalled.

Both Payton and Costa agreed to meet at the Dartmouth Police Station. There, he presented her with a check to help recuperate some of what she lost when she was robbed.

“She shed a tear and at that point, you knew you did a good deed,” Payton said with a smile.

Payton said he never wanted all of this attention, but he hopes that his act of kindness will inspire others to go that extra mile to help someone in need.

The robbery suspect, Miguel Brasil, was arrested after attempting to rob another elderly woman at a Rite Aid down the street from the Citizens Bank. He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Tuesday.

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