Man arraigned in train station beating

A 50-year-old Mount Vernon man is being held without bail on charges that he beat a man with a trash can at the White Plains train station after stealing his cell phone.

Robert France (left) was arraigned in Westchester County Court today on a nine-count felony indictment charging him with multiple counts of robbery and assault, as well as one count of criminal mischief.

According to the Westchester District Attorney’s office, France attacked a man at the White Plains Metro-North station on April 12. He approached the man at 2:50 a.m., took his cell-phone and began hitting him with a large garbage can.

The man’s lower leg was broken and required three screws. He also needed multiple stitches in his left hand, the DA’s office said.

France was arrested by MTA police. He was indicted on June 30 and faces up to 25 years in state prison if convicted on the top counts, which are first-degree robbery and first-degree assault. He is due back in court on Aug. 2.

Photo: Westchester County Department of Correction

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.