8News Exclusive: WWII Vet Assaulted, Robbed In His Home

A frightening situation for a disabled veteran in Petersburg, as men force their way into his home, assault him, and then steal from him.

The violent crime took place in Petersburg inside 87-year-old William Cromer’s home on Berkeley Avenue. Cromer spoke exclusively with 8News reporter Parker Slaybaugh Tuesday morning.

“They ran into my room, grabbed me, and threw me up there in my bed and he said, ‘Don’t you move,'” Cromer said as he recounted the incident.

Cromer was upstairs in his home sleeping when the men broke in. Once inside, they bound him with tape and threatened to kill him if he didn’t cooperate.

As the World War II veteran watched, the men stole numerous items from his home, including his dark charcoal-colored 2005 Lincoln Town Car.

The car was found Tuesday evening in the Dewitt portion of Dinwiddie County, according to Petersburg Police spokesperson Esther Hyatt.

“He had a gun and he laid the gun on the bed and he took that tape and wrapped it around my head, around, and around, and around,” described Cromer. “They kept slapping me, knocking me over, knocking me back, and he stuck that gun in my mouth.”

Cromer will be okay, he says.

If you know anything about this crime, you are asked to contact Petersburg-Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond.

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