Family shocked after WWII vet grandfather attacked and robbed

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - A World War II veteran four days from his 90th birthday was attacked and robbed in broad daylight while out for walk Wednesday afternoon near Rancho and Vegas Drive.

Robert Hitechew, who was hit in the head suffered a broken leg, is recovering at UMC Trauma. Metro detectives have little information to go on in their search for the attacker.

The suspect took $20 and Hitechew's debit card, which was used later at Texas Station.

"I just can't imagine what kind of person would take advantage of someone like that," said Perry Hitechew, Robert's grandson.

The attack occurred on the 1200 block of Arrowhead Avenue, one block away from his home. A neighbor found Robert Hitechew unconscious on the sidewalk.

"He has no idea who it is," Perry Hitechew said, "and that's why it's so important for the public to get involved. And if you know someone who was talking about this, it's very important for them to come forward and let it be known this behavior can't be tolerated in our city."

Hitechew says according to the bank, someone used his grandfather's debit card at an ATM inside Texas Station early Thursday morning. The family said it hopes surveillance video will pinpoint a suspect, if and when it is released.

"It's very cliché and old school but he really is part of the greatest generation," Perry Hitechew said. "And his spirit embodies that. And they don't build them like they used to; they don't."
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