Elderly veteran beaten, robbed while walking to Southwest Side home

July 31, 2012 (CHICAGO)

According to police, the attack happened Monday afternoon near 71st Street and Claremont. Authorities say the victim had just purchased lottery tickets when he was attacked by three young people. They reportedly knocked out his hearing aid, broke his dentures and made off with his wallet.

According to his daughter, Cynthia Steward-Jones, the victim is a World War II veteran who will turn 88 years old Thursday.

Steward-Jones also said the attackers smashed her father's glasses and bruised his face. She said her father was recovering at the home she shares with him Tuesday, after being treated at a hospital.

According to the Chicago Tribune, three people -- ages 15, 17 and 20 -- have been charged with robbery of a senior citizen.

The Sun-Times Media Wire reports the 20-year-old, Rashon E. Williams, was charged with one count of felony robbery of a victim 60 years or older, according to Police News Affairs.

Steward-Jones says the robbery left her father saddened by the actions of the younger generation. But she says they're touched by the kindness of two good Samaritans who stopped to help.

(The Associated Press and the Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

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