Chicago, IL – Here’s a story that is going to get some of you angry, especially Jaded. Police have released video footage of two men violently robbing an 86-year-old WWII vet in the lobby of his apartment building.
Police say the victim had just finished running some errands, including a stop at the bank, when a shuttle van dropped him off at his building.
As seen in the video, once inside, the elderly man is grabbed from behind and choked until he passes out. A second man then takes $500 hidden in the victim’s shoe. After searching the man, his attackers drop him on the floor, letting the door close on his head.
“This is one of those crimes that hits us at the pit of our stomach,” Chicago Police Officer John Mirabelli said.
The victim, who served in the South Pacific during World War II, was treated and released from the hospital. He said he is thankful for police and their continued efforts to capture these two men, and thankful all he lost that day was his money.
“I just take it with a grain of salt and keep on stepping and I don’t let that bother me because I’ve got my life, I can always get more money,” he said. Does anyone else read something like that and realize that once his generation is in the ground, we will have lost one of the toughest group of SOBs the United States has seen in a couple hundred years?
Anyway, the incident happened back in April, but police are releasing the surveillance footage now to help generate more leads and help identify the man’s attackers. They are asking the public to watch the video and if anyone recognizes the men, call 1-800-535-STOP or Area Central detectives, at (312) 747-8382. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrests.Tags: choke, Crime, Elderly, Illinois, Robbery, Video