Richard Wright initially sparked mystery over his identity after he began giving out donations to amazed passers-by in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Wright handed out $100 and $50 bills to strangers, reportedly telling them to “pay it forward” and proclaimed that he had lived in the woods and talked about a movement coming to take the wealth from the “one percent” and give it back to the people.
Sgt. Leanne Butler said Prince Edward Island RCMP received a call for a wellness check on the man, Richard Wright, last Thursday. Butler said the officers spotted Wright driving his car and stopped him.
Chelsey Wright, daughter of the accused, posted a photo of her father on Facebook to call attention to what she says has been “unfair” treatment by the hospital and police.
A Facebook group was started Monday morning titled #OpFreeRichardWright, and now has over 2,200 members.
Dozens of people in Dartmouth and Halifax reported getting $50 and $100 bills from Wright last week. He told them to “thank God” for the act of kindness and pass on the money if they didn’t need it.
Jennifer Corbett received $150 when she met him in Dartmouth, but went on to say that his positive comments about how “things will get better” stuck with her more than the money itself.
“He was a good guy, and he did something good for a lot of people,” she said.