95-Year-Old World War II Veteran Assaulted in Houston Home

95-Year-Old World War II Veteran Assaulted in Houston Home

February 05, 2016

95-Year-Old World War II Veteran Assaulted in Houston Home

A 95-year-old World War II veteran was assaulted and robbed in her home last month. The veteran, who is a great-grandmother, spent the entire evening injured in her home until a neighbor found her the following morning.

The local community and her relatives are outraged over the attack on 95-year-old Ophelia Outley. The Houston Police Department has classified the incident as an "ongoing investigation" and are looking into the case as a robbery and assault, but have not been able to interview Outley fully or get an adequate description for a suspect sketch.

The veteran's granddaughter, Nicole Sherman, spoke to the local press a couple of days after the incident where she offered the following information shared to her by Outley.

"Someone came in the house. She was in the kitchen returning to her bedroom. They grabbed her, twisted her arm, broke her shoulder, put her on the floor and tried to cover her head and in the process gave her a black eye and a busted lip," Sherman said. "It's ridiculous that somebody would feel the need to touch her. If you want to take what's in the house, take it, but there was no reason to put your hands on her. None at all. It's not acceptable."

Sherman said her grandmother has described her attacker, in general, as a tall, slender man who "smelled of smoke" and "had a little hair on his head."

Local community activists had strong words for the 95-year-old World War II veteran's attacker.

"If you're smart, the jail is the safest place for you because if we find you, you won't need a jail cell. If we find you, you won't rob nobody else's grandmother. We will deal with you where we find you."

"I want to make it real crystal clear [to the] brother who did this: You like beating up old women? You like robbing old women? Well I'll tell you what: If we find you, we're going to give you your chance to prove how much you want to fight real men. Because we're not playing today. This must stop."

According to Army service records from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Outley enlisted in the Women's Army Corps in March 1943 in Houston.

Sherman said she wants peace for her recovering grandmother, who will be headed to rehabilitation soon, and consequences for the attacker.

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February 22, 2016

I hope that the woman recovers and those who attacked he are punished.

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