A Philadelphia home invasion on Sunday is being described as brazen because it took place during broad daylight and appears to be targeted towards seniors.
Police say a Vietnam vet was robbed by a trio who pretended to be interested in renting his home. The 68-year-old man, a veteran of the Vietnam War and victim of a recent stroke, was not harmed in the Crescentville robbery; only a small amount of cash was taken, citing a July 7 NewsMax report.
Philly authorities were called to the residence in the northeast section of the city on a robbery call. There, they met with a man who said he had been victimized moments earlier by three people. The unnamed man said a man in his 50s and two female accomplices knocked on his door and asked if his home was available for rent.
After telling them no, the suspects managed to "talk themselves" into the home where they proceeded to demand cash and valuables. A short time later, they fled with only about $100 of the man's cash.
A nearby resident recalled meeting the robbery suspects earlier at his home where they arrived under the guise of needing a place to rent for a period of time. He turned them away after seeing a child alone in the backseat of a minivan. Moments later, he heard the Vietnam vet who was robbed screaming at the male suspect. Police say after the home invasion, the three suspects fled in an Oldsmobile van.
She had to be about 3 years old, so I don't know if she was [one of the suspect's children]," said Khalaf Mungo.
The robbery of the Vietnam veteran appears to fit the bill of a disturbing pattern that is worrying law enforcement. Nationwide, similar incidents have cropped up in which seniors and disabled military veterans were targeted in robberies and assaults.
One such incident involved a 58-year-old vet who was shot in the leg after drawing money out of an ATM machine at a North Carolina market. Luckily, the incident was caught on surveillance cameras and the man did not suffer life-threatening injuries.