Elderly man beaten and robbed in his home

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Posted on December 5, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 5 at 10:52 AM

Hampton elderly assault

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HAMPTON - Police are looking for the person who beat and robbed an 86-year-old Hampton man Sunday.

Officers found the victim just before 1:00 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Cedar Drive. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

The suspect was apparently helping the victim with yardwork and according to police, the victim allowed the suspect inside his home. The robber assaulted the elderly man multiple times and took the man's wallet, which contained cash and credit cards. Police say the suspect fled on his bike.

The victim's family said he's in stable condition but that he was beaten pretty badly. Police say the victim and suspect did not know each other.

The suspect is described as a black male, 19 to 25 years old. He was last seen wearing baggy blue jeans, a white collared shirt, dark colored jacket, white tennis shoes and a wooden cross necklace with colored beads.

The victim's neighbor, James Ray, said he's never been more concerned for his safety than now. "It's got the whole neighborhood kind of shaken up," said Ray.

Ray said the victim was a veteran of World War II. "He's a really nice fellow. He went through the Normandy invasion, no problems. Comes back and lives a long time and gets beat up and robbed. I'm very shocked, but with the way things are today, you never know. It could happen to anybody."

Police say the suspect frequents the area on a bicycle carrying a rake.

If you know anything about this incident, please CrimeLine at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

 

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