Peter B. Cross, an 87-year old World War II veteran, was on his way home Monday afternoon after making his weekly trip to the store to buy lottery tickets when he was attacked from behind by three young men.
It would have been bad enough for three young men to rob a senior citizen by threatening him with violence, but Mr. Cross was never even given a chance to offer up his money and wallet to avoid being hurt.
The three attackers hit him from behind, knocking him to the ground, and then continued to hit and kick him while he was down, breaking his dentures and the pair of glasses he was wearing. According to a police report, Mr. Cross suffered a bruised left eye and a cut under his right eye.
This could have been the end of the story except for two meat delivery drivers, Dennis Weekly and Aiman Samad, who were driving by and decided to get involved. The Chicago Tribune reported they witnessed the mid-afternoon attack and followed the attackers at a safe distance before flagging down passing patrol officers. Read more here.