Nearly two weeks after police released surveillance video, two men have been charged with choking a man in his 80s and stealing money hidden in his shoe.
One of the suspects, David Chambers, 49, surrendered after he saw the video showing the 86-year-old man being robbed last April, police said. The other suspect, Freddie Hopson, was arrested by a fugitive task force.
The elderly man was attacked on April 3 in the 600 block of East 69th Street. The surveillance video shows one of the robbers grabbing the man from behind and choking him and the other robber stealing money hidden in the man's shoe. As they run away, the door slams against the victim's head.
The victim told WGN Channel 9 earlier this month that he had run some errands, including stops at a bank and a currency exchange, and was jumped when he returned home. "Next thing I knew someone grabbed me by neck and that was it," the man told the station.
The man was treated at a hospital and released. He said he is thankful the attack wasn't worse.
"I just take it with a grain of salt and keep on stepping and I don't let that bother me because I've got my life, I can always get more money," he said.
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