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Recovering from mugging, WWII veteran will leave neighborhood

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - A World War II veteran mugged near his home in broad daylight days before his 90th birthday says he realizes his independent inclination is forever changed.

Robert Hitechew was attacked July 15 on the 1200 block of Arrowhead Avenue, one block away from his home. He says several people ignored his cries for help, even seeing one car pull past him and into a garage. Another neighbor found him Hitechew unconscious on the sidewalk.

"They came up behind me and grabbed my hip pocket with the wallet in it, and slammed me down," Hitechew recalls. "I yelled and yelled I don't know how long."

Nearly one month later, Hitechew says about his recovery, "Considering everything, I feel exceptionally good."

The attackers took $20 and his debit card.

"They attempted to use the card at multiple casinos and convenience stores and Money Gram locations," said Perry Hitechew, Robert's grandson. "But they never had the PIN, so the more they used the card, the further they buried themselves in."

Perry Hitechew says surveillance video - including from inside the Texas Station - helped crack the case. Herbert Jackson Jr., 28, and a 15-year-old boy are charged with several felonies including robbery, battery to commit mayhem, and conspiracy.

"We just want to reach out and say thank you. Thank you so much, we can never ever sing their praises enough, the detectives," Perry Hitechew said.

Robert Hitechew says his days of walking alone are over, and the family home soon will be up for sale.

"It's not really a neighborhood anymore," Perry Hitechew said. "People just kind of live here. And that's disappointing because it didn't use to be that way."

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