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WWII veteran attacked on Chicago street

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Family members said a World War II veteran is recovering after being beaten and robbed on a Chicago street during his weekly walk to a corner store to buy lottery tickets.

Porter Cross' glasses were smashed, his hearing aids knocked out, and his dentures broken in half.

The attack happened Monday afternoon near 71st and Claremont. Cross had just left this store and crossed Western Ave with a cane in one hand and his shopping bag in the other and was about a block from home, when police say the suspects, 15 17 and 20 years old jumped him and emptied his pockets. A nearby resident shot this video of paramedics taking care of him.

"Who can beat and take something from an 87-year-old man?" daughter Cynthia Steward Jones asked.

Cross' family say he only had $40-50 in his wallet, but the thieves took his veterans card and it broke his spirit because he doesn't have a drivers license.

After the beating, police say the suspects ran away through an alley laughing. That stopped when two delivery trucks blocked them off until police arrived. Two suspects were picked up on the scene.

The entire attack was caught on camera, set up by Marquette Park security.

"It's only been up there a good month in an effort to try to deter some of the crime and keep an eye in the community."

Cross joined the navy when he was 19. He retired from the post office, and besides his family, he loved playing the lottery because it was something to look forward to. It was hope.

Something cross' daughter says that's missing from some teenagers now.

"They need to be made out of an example of, they need to go to jail, they don't need leniency," Marcia said.

Michael Protho, 17, of the 3000 block of Woodworth Place in Hazel Crest, was charged with one felony count of felony robbery of a victim 60 years or older, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

Protho was also charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct for running into oncoming traffic while trying to elude pursuing police officers, Mirabelli said.

Rashon E. Williams, 20, is charged with one count of felony robbery of a victim 60 years or older, according to Police News Affairs.

Bond was set at $500,000 Tuesday for the Protho and Williams.

The 15-year-old boy, also charged with felony robbery, will have his case handled in juvenile court, police said.

Cross was treated at a hospital, and Steward-Jones said he's now recovering in the home they share.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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