Jogger arrested after throwing homeless man's belongings into lake

Preeti Pillai
Jun 16, 2018
03:38 A.M.

Last week, a jogger was captured on camera throwing away the possessions of a homeless man. The video gained traction along with the hashtag #JoggerJoe.


Residents of Oakland responded to a video shared by a fellow resident John Harris JJ on his Facebook account. They started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for the homeless person, Drew, so that he can find a better home.

As reported by Daily Mail, the jogger, 30-year-old Henry William Sintay, was arrested on Monday and charged for robbery.

The video showed the Sintay throw off the belongings of Drew in Lake Merrit. He later started to scatter Drew's collection and took it in parts towards the road and kept it near the trees.

According to Harris, the police showed up soon after the jogger ran away. The officials had said that they could not charge him for meddling with the homeless man's possession because it is legally considered as debris.


The jail records showed that Sintay was arrested on Monday and his bail was set at $100,000 at Santa Rita prison. His arrest stemmed from an alleged theft of a phone one day after he was captured on video and dubbed as #JoggerJoe.

Support for Drew grew after the video became viral. Residents of Oakland started to send him new clothes and blankets to replace the things that were destroyed by Sintay.

Harris was instrumental in creating an awareness by posting the video and setting up the crowdsourcing page aimed to generate funds for Drew's benefit.


"Everybody is busy kind of getting by, but the only way that we can really change and turn the tables is to help each other and stand by our communities. And this is a great example of that."

John Harris JJ, CNN, June 14, 2018

Some weeks ago, a white woman called the police after she saw a small group of black people picnicking and barbequing next to Lake Merrit. The community responded to the woman by holding a barbeque festival at Lake Merrit.

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