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World War II vet becomes armed robbery victim

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of N. Tonti Street (photo via Google Maps). The incident happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of N. Tonti Street (photo via Google Maps).
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An 89-year-old World War II veteran says he’s seen a lot in his life, but he never imagined he’d become an armed robbery victim right in front of his home in the 300 block of N. Tonti Street.

“When I went to pick up my papers, I saw somebody walking in the street, and one walking on the sidewalk. The one in the street told me to give him my keys,” the victim said.

The victim, who FOX 8 will not identify, said he quickly reacted by fighting back.

“I hit him in the belly with my elbow and I spoke some French to him. I just jabbed him to let him know, who the hell he thinks he’s talking to,” the victim said.

That’s when the other robber jumped in.

“The one on the sidewalk told me, 'I think you better give those keys unless you want me to get my gun.' He then put his hands in his pocket,” the victim said.

The victim said he decided it was best to hand over his keys, but he didn’t want to give up his house keys.

“I was taking it off. I said, 'wait a while, I got my keys on here,'” the victim said.

He says the robbers reached over and grabbed his car keys, and then went through his pockets, stealing his wallet and cell phone before taking off in his vehicle, laughing.

“I think that’s disgusting. I have no tolerance for people who don’t want to work for a living and earn it. Apparently, they never learned the satisfaction of being totally independent in this world and you don’t rely or prey on anybody,” said the victim's neighbor, John Albright.

Albright said the Tuesday afternoon armed robbery is unacceptable.

“Ya know, we have to stand up and fight this stuff and not be afraid to say something,” Albright said.

Albright said he also almost became a victim overnight when someone tried to steal his Harley.

“I got on my motorcycle, and the key wouldn’t go in. I investigated and someone tried to jimmy the lock to try and start it and drive off with it,” says Albright.

The neighbors say they stick together and look out for one another.

“That the first time that’s happened in my life. You see all these people in the block - we live like family,” the victim said.

The World War II veteran said he won’t let the armed robbery stop him from his daily activities, but he does hope those responsible are caught soon.

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