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3 arrested after robbing and beating 87-year old veteran

Michael Protho, 17 (left), and Rashon Williams, 20 (right), are both accused of beating and robbing an 87-year-old World War II veteran in Chicago Woodlawn neighborhood on July 30, 2012. A 15-year-old boy, not pictured, is also charged in the attack.
Credits: Chicago Police Department

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.

Ed Kress
For over 40 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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