CRIME: 80-year-old war vet beaten & robbed - WDRB 41 Louisville News

CRIME: 80-year-old war vet beaten & robbed


LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- "It's almost like it's unbelievable, you're getting whooped pretty bad."

An 80-year-old military veteran who fought in the Korean War and survived cancer three times never imagined the battle he would face as he left the post office on Baxter Avenue.

"Got into my automobile, strapped myself in, started the car up and before I could get my driver's door closed, somebody jumped in the front seat," said the man who wanted to remain anonymous.

Surveillance pictures captured by a nearby business show what happened in the parking lot on the afternoon of June 27th.

"Grabbed me and hit me and said, 'Give me your money.' Hit me, 'Give me your money, hit me and ‘give me your money' repeatedly," said the victim. "At some point I passed out or became unconscious and I don't remember anything until I'm lying on the black top in the parking lot. I thought I was dead."

In the still photos from the surveillance video, the suspect flees the victim's car, getting away with $800. His body slumped out of the car.

"I actually looked and didn't see anyone," says tattoo artist Joshua Smith. "I got to about right there (in the parking lot) and turned around and saw the gentleman on the ground." Smith works at Baxter Avenue Tattoo studio. His boss saw the beating and ran back to the store to get help.

"His face was bloody," says Smith. "His clothing was torn. He was beaten pretty badly. There was blood on the ground, blood on the car. It was pretty crazy."

The elderly victim suffered a broken nose, broken rib, two black eyes, and cuts to his head and face. Police say the suspect took off in a 2000 or 2001 gray or silver Dodge Intrepid driven by another person. Police warn the men are very dangerous.

"If they're willing to attack a victim in broad daylight like this they are people we need to get off the streets," says LMPD detective Sgt. Jamey Schwab.

Though the bruises on his face are almost gone, the memory of the attack hasn't faded. He would like to see quick justice, but also wants something else.

"Say a prayer for that guy, he needs it. More prayers than I do."

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