Man accused of trying to sell donated bike


WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Several viewers contacted the WKBN newsroom about a father who accepted a donated bike for his special needs daughter earlier this week, only to find out he put it up for sale hours later.

The Warren Family Mission and State Farm donated a Trike to 11-year-old Jordyn. a girl with special needs. The photos were shared all over Facebook.

But so was a picture of a screen capture from her father’s Facebook page just hours after they accepted the bike. On the page, it says “For Sale: Schwinn Trike, $400 brand new. Asking $150.”

The story spread like wildfire on social media, calling out James Hillard for trying to sell the donated bike. WKBN 27 First News reporter Jeff Levkulich tracked down Hillard at his house.

Hillard admitted he was trying to sell the bike, but claims he did nothing wrong.

“If I am given something, it should be my discretion of what I want to do with it,” Hillard said.

He said he is in the process of selling everything because he and the kids are moving away and can’t take it with them. Hillard said the Warren Family Mission “insisted” that he take the bike even though he told them he could not take the bike because they were moving.

However, a spokesperson for the agency said that is not true and when they found out what Hillard was doing, they asked for the bicycle back. They even were going to give him some money for it, but he already had given it away.

The mission said because of this incident, people will have to sign a contract stating they will not sell the donated items.

As for Hillard, he refutes reports of selling another bike he received from the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Warren a couple weeks ago, claiming he was in jail at the time. He sais his sister has that bike. 

A check of court records shows Hillard is currently facing charges for crack cocaine possession. Just last month, he was picked up on a domestic violence charge. Earlier this week, he filed a police report claiming his sister misused his credit card.

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