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The man was beaten in front of his home Wednesday night, and is on life support

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    Veteran Brutally Beaten During Hazel Crest Robbery

    Suburban police are searching for suspects in the brutal beating of a retired U.S. Army veteran, who is now clinging to life in a local hospital. NBC 5's Chris Hush has the heartbreaking story. 

    (Published Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019)

    A 60-year-old Army veteran is fighting for his life after he was robbed and brutally beaten in suburban Hazel Crest, outside of Chicago. 

    According to police, Keith Chamble, a U.S. Army veteran and a former correctional officer, is on life support after he was brutally assaulted during a robbery in his own driveway on Wednesday night.

    “They couldn’t tell if he was hit with a bat, kicked, or punched,” Shanae Cross, Chamble’s goddaughter, said.

    The robbery occurred in front of Chamble’s home in the 16000 block of Orchard Ridge between 8 and 9 p.m. Wednesday night. A group of individuals, whom police are working to identify, assaulted Chamble and stole his car, cell phone, and other personal items.

    Chamble was then able to get back into his home and collapsed on his couch, where his 19-year-old daughter discovered him several hours later.

    The victim’s car was discovered several blocks away, and other personal effects have also been found, but police have been unable to identify a suspect in the case.

    “This is someone who spent his whole life protecting other people,” Cross said. “You’ve stolen some moments, and some memories, that we won’t have.”

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    Police, and Chamble’s family, are asking anyone with information on the case, whether it’s video or an eyewitness account, to contact authorities.

    “If you’re scared of the police or you don’t want to talk, we just want to kill this whole ‘no snitching’ thing,” Cross said. “We don’t have to tell people who you are.”

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hazel Crest Police Department at 708-335-9640.