87 Year Old WW2 Veteran Attacked by 3 Thugs in; you guessed it! CHICAGO!..What say you now Rahm-Bo?
By Rosemary R. Sobol
8:26 a.m. CDT, July 31, 2012
An 87-year-old World War II
veteran was walking from a corner store in West Englewood after buying
lottery tickets when he was attacked by three people who smashed his
glasses, knocked out his hearing aid and broke his dentures, then went
through his pockets and fled with his wallet, according to his family
Two delivery men who witnessed the attack Monday
afternoon followed the robbers in their truck and helped police track
them down, authorities said. Three suspects -- ages 15, 17 and 20 --
were taken into custody not far from where Porter B. Cross was beaten.
"He's just a sweet guy," said Cross' daughter, Cynthia Steward-Jones, this morning. "Chicago has bruised my heart with this."
She said her dad, who will
turn 88 on Thursday, was returning home from his weekly walk to the
store to buy lottery tickets. "It's the one day of the week he goes out
and gets his exercise," said Steward-Jones, who lives with her father.
three jumped him just blocks from his home. "They broke his glasses in
his face and his dentures in his mouth," she said. "They knocked his
hearing aid out and his face is really swollen."
The three took
his wallet, which contained money, his Social Security card, his state
ID, driver's license and credit cards. But he was able to hold onto the
lottery tickets, she said.
Cross suffered a bruised left eye, a
laceration under his right eye and was treated at Advocate Christ
Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.
Steward-Jones said her
father served in World War II. "He was a seaman," she said. After the
war, he worked for 36 years for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring.
They moved to the West Englewood neighborhood about two years ago.
"We thought this neighborhood would be good for a single person but apparently it's not," she said.
Steward-Jones said the robbery has also left her father "disappointed."
said: 'I'm just so disappointed. I've served this country and I've done
all the right things. I've lived my life like I was supposed to and
this younger generation is just something else. … They're just losing
their mind.' "
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