World War II Vet Beat Up & Robbed By Robbers - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

World War II Vet Beat Up & Robbed By Robbers

Posted: Updated:
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

A 91-year-old World War II veteran is recovering at home after he was beat and robbed by four armed burglars during a Fresno home invasion.

Fresno County deputies say the attack happened around 1:30 early Wednesday morning at a home near the corner of Willow and Olive, east of Fresno.

Josef Martin says he woke up to a gun in his face.

Martin says, "I feel this guy poking me with a gun on me and all the lights are on. The girl was standing in the corner with a gun on me."

After the crooks got Martin out of bed, they shoved him inside the closet. But not before hitting him with the butt of the gun against his cheek and slamming his head against the floor. They then told him to stay there for 10 minutes before the got away.

Reporter asks, "When you were in the closet what was going through your mind?"

Martin says, "Good Lord help me! I crawled and I said I'm going to crawl to that phone."

He called 9-1-1.

Martin says he wasn't scared. He says he's always been cool under pressure. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army. Martin says he was involved in four major wars in Europe including 'The Battle of the Bulge' and he stormed the beach at Normandy.

Martin says, "The sky was just full of fire. B-29's they were headed to Berlin to bomb Berlin. Young kids were crying. They didn't want to die. I never got scared I said good Lord that's all."

The crooks got away with $200 in cash, he had hidden under a rug.

They also took a ring, a German prisoner of war made for him as a peace offering.

He says the attack is just anther example of today's society.

Martin says, "It's terrible, Kids are not afraid of dying. Kids tell the teacher what to do. Babies having babies, the society is going down hill. There is no more respect."

The Fresno County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case.

Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call Crime-stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

Just a reminder you can remain anonymous and earn yourself a cash reward for your tip.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Wildfire Destroys 33 Homes, Some Homeowners Return to Rubble

    Wildfire Destroys 33 Homes, Some Homeowners Return to Rubble

    Firefighters from as far away as San Diego are spending Monday night putting out hotspots from the fire burning between Oakhurst and Bass Lake.Monday afternoon, firefighters announced the so-called “Courtney Fire” was held to 320 acres.It is 35% contained, after destroying 33 homes. Another 4 homes were damaged.“We didn't have a full effect of what the damage was,” says Chris Christopherson, with CalFire.“Going through and seeing the aftermath, it's heart-breaking… it's gut-wrenching.”Jon Cun...More >>
    Firefighters from as far away as San Diego are spending Monday night putting out hotspots from the fire burning between Oakhurst and Bass Lake.Monday afternoon, firefighters announced the so-called “Courtney Fire” was held to 320 acres.It is 35% contained, after destroying 33 homes. Another 4 homes were damaged.“We didn't have a full effect of what the damage was,” says Chris Christopherson, with CalFire.“Going through and seeing the aftermath, it's heart-breaking… it's gut-wrenching.”Jon Cun...More >>
  • Central Valley Honor Flight - Veterans Arrive In Washington D.C.

    Central Valley Honor Flight - Veterans Arrive In Washington D.C.

    69 veterans traveling with the Central Valley Honor Flight are in Washington D.C. The World War II veterans are in the nation's capitol to see the memorial dedicated to their service.More >>
    69 veterans traveling with the Central Valley Honor Flight are in Washington D.C. The World War II veterans are in the nation's capitol to see the memorial dedicated to their service.More >>
  • Fresno Boy Becoming a Dance Star On Dance Moms

    Fresno Boy Becoming a Dance Star On Dance Moms

    Do you think you can you dance? I mean dance really well? Fresno's own 9–year–old Gavin Morales can dance and he has the medals and trophies to prove it. So how did Morales get started? Gavin says, "I watched my sister dance. I just said I really want to dance. I just kept practicing and practicing all my tricks. Tricks he's now mastered that have made Gavin a name in the dance world. KMPH Fox 26 News caught up with ...More >>
    Do you think you can you dance? I mean dance really well? Fresno's own 9–year–old Gavin Morales can dance and he has the medals and trophies to prove it. So how did Morales get started? Gavin says, "I watched my sister dance. I just said I really want to dance. I just kept practicing and practicing all my tricks. Tricks he's now mastered that have made Gavin a name in the dance world. KMPH Fox 26 News caught up with ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.