What does a World War II vet get after serving his country? Smashed glasses, broken dentures and a stolen wallet, that’s what. And this was in addition to getting his hearing aid knocked out.
The Chicago Tribune reports that 87-year-old Porter B. Cross was mugged by three thugs after purchasing lottery tickets at a corner store near his Chicago home on Monday afternoon.
But the good news is that two deliver men who witnessed the attack followed the muggers and helped police track them down. The three suspects–ages 15,17 and 20–were cuffed not too far from where Porter was beaten. They hurt the elderly man pretty badly, too. Cross suffered a bruised left eye and a laceration under his right eye. Though he was able to hold on to those lottery tickets he walked to the store to buy.
His daughter says purchasing lotto tickets is a ritual of his.
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“It’s the one day of the week he goes out and gets his exercise,” said Steward-Jones, who lives with her father.
Here is more on what the daughter and father had to say about the attack: