Police name persons of interest in Veteran beating

It’s been just over two months since Korean and Vietnam veteran Robert Huber was burglarized in his Daphne home, and now we’re getting a look at two persons of interest in the case.

“About three weeks after the initial report came in, we got some information from a couple of callers, anonymous callers relating to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Safford,” Jason Vannoy, a detective with Daphne Police, said.

Melvin Safford, 30, was arrested last month by Daphne police on an unrelated felony theft charge and, as of Monday night, is being held on a $5000 bond.

The other person of interest is Joseph James Johnson, a.k.a. “JoJo.” And while he may not be behind bars, he’s no stranger to the law. Johnson has prior arrests for criminal mischief and marine violations.

“We’re still trying to get more information related to Mr. Johnson. Obviously he’s not in custody and he’s not been charged at this point, but we came to a decision to release his information today,” Vannoy said.

Vannoy hopes the public can offer some more insight on the man he said used to work for Huber years ago tending his lawn.

Meanwhile, Chaplain Tony Dickey, with Disaster Victim Services, and Huber’s family have been busy preparing a military funeral for Huber on Wednesday.

“The Air Force will be doing the honor guard, the Patriot Riders will be there honoring him as well and many of the other veteran’s organizations, the VFW, the Marine Corps League, all these guys are going to be there to pay honor to Mr. Huber,” Dickey said.

Dickey invites the community to come out for the event to honor a man who was truly touched by all the community support he had.

“He saw all that was going on and he just could not really believe that that many people out there cared so much about him. And that’s great to know that he passed away knowing that people cared about him and the community cared about him,” Dickey said.

The memorial service starts at 10 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fairhope. All are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the church, Disaster Victim Services, or the V.F.W. Post 5660. The inurnment will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola at 2 p.m.

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