Reward offered in elderly veteran beating

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – The family of Robert Huber and law enforcement gathered Monday, March 10 to announce the latest in the search for his attackers and a reward in information leading to their arrest.

The 79-year-old veteran was the victim of a violent home invasion robbery at his Daphne home on February 25, 2014. He was severely beaten and his 50-inch TV, along with other items, were stolen from him.

“Somebody knocked on the door and I answered it. When I opened the door they came in and pushed me over in the wheelchair,” said Huber.

Kim McLemore, Huber’s daughter, says her father is still recovering and is in much better spirits.

“My heart goes out to them. To think they would ever do that to somebody…I would just hope they can get some help. It’s not the right thing to do to anybody,” McLemore said.

The non-profit organization Disaster Victim’s Services along with the Home Depot Team in Daphne have raised funds to help get Huber get back on his feet and upgrade his home with handicap accessible features.

Tony Dickey, with Disaster Victim’s Services, said volunteers will begin work at the same home he was attacked inside soon.

“For something like this to happen to a veteran who is disabled…there are no words for what these people have done to this community,” said Dickey, “This doesn’t happen on the Eastern Shore. We want to make sure it doesn’t happen again to anyone.”

Mclemore said her family is thankful to the community.

“We’re so grateful to everyone for what they’re giving us. We didn’t expect that. It made our heart melt,” McLemore said.

Police say a $500 reward has also been offered by a private party for any information on the suspects in the crime.

“We believe there are more than two people that did this crime. With the property they stole I find it hard to think they walked. So we’re looking for any vehicle description or anyone walking around that night,” said Jud Beedy with the Daphne Police Department.

Huber’s family hopes to have him back in his upgraded home by his 80th birthday in April.

If you have any information, contact the Daphne Police Department.

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