Person of interest questioned in beating, robbery of 94-year-old Navy veteran

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CHICAGO -- A person of interest is being questioned in the home invasion and the aggravated battery of a 94-year-old Navy veteran.

Josephine Regnier was robbed and beaten inside her own home near South Long Ave and West 51st in the city's Garfield Ridge neighborhood Wednesday.

She was standing outside her home waiting for her daughter to pick her up for a dental appointment Wednesday, when it became too cold for her so she went back inside.

The suspect was caught on security camera
The suspect was caught on security camera

A man followed her in the gangway and then into her home.  He attacked her, grabbed her purse and fled into a stolen SUV.

Surveillance video from a restaurant showed him crashing that SUV and then running off with her purse.

The purse contained her ID, some paperwork and $50.

Regneir suffered broken ribs, a concussion and a black eye and is healing slowly.

It's unclear if police are questioning the person captured by surveillance video, or someone else.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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