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91-year-old Marine mugged on Veteran's Day

6:23 PM, Nov 23, 2011   |    comments
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On Nov. 11 - otherwise known this year as Veteran's Day - the man and his wife of 65 years went on their weekly grocery shopping trip at the King Soopers at 120th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. They finished their shopping and went back to their home about 20 blocks away. He took his wife inside and returned to the car to unload the groceries.

As he began carrying groceries toward the house, he was tackled from behind and his wallet was ripped from his pocket. He stole more than $400 in cash, according to the Westminster Police Department. The suspect ran to a waiting getaway car leaving the veteran lying bruised in his driveway.

"I mean the robbery is terrible in and of itself," said Westminster Police Department Spokesman Trevor Materasso. "But then to target an elderly gentleman that's 91-years old and attack him from behind? It's despicable."

Surveillance video outside the King Soopers shows the suspect exiting a red or maroon Dodge Neon. The driver stays in the car while the second suspect follows the elderly gentleman to the checkout lane.

"We know there is a second person, the driver, who never gets out of the car," said Detective Judy Grigg.

People outside the King Soopers on Wednesday could not believe the crime happened.

"He fought for us. He gave our freedom to us. And then someone would do this to him?" said Salvation Army Bell Ringer Henry Agner. "I just don't understand, you know, why people do that to other people."

"We're just devastated for this poor couple," said shopper Madeleine Hartley. "For heaven's sake, this is terrible, especially at this time of the year."

The suspect is described as a man in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches and about 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a white-and-brown plaid hooded jacket. with a black knit rolled stocking cap. They were driving a Dodge Neon which was red or maroon with tinted rear windows and chrome five-spoke wheels.

Police are asking you to look at the photographs and video to help us identify the vehicle and suspects. A reward of up to $2000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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