Detroit Rallies Behind 81-Year Old Veteran Shot, Robbed & Carjacked

Detroit Rallies Behind 81-Year Old Veteran Shot, Robbed & Carjacked

September 01, 2016

Detroit Rallies Behind 81-Year Old Veteran Shot, Robbed & Carjacked

81-year old Air Force Veteran, Herman Garth, was shot twice, robbed and carjacked early Tuesday morning in Detroit, MI.  

Herman was returning from a casino and had about $700 of winnings on him when he was accosted by several men.  Garth did not get a good look at the men and police have little clues to the identification of the assailants. 

Herman was able to tell police that the suspects became angry when they couldn’t figure out how to make the car keys work for Herman’s the 2013 Chevy Cruze.  They were eventually successful and took off with Herman’s car after shooting him twice in the hip.  The car was later found torched and abandoned.

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"I just hope they get caught and they don't hurt anybody else," Garth said.  

"The fact that he's a veteran,  you make it back from war and you come back home only to be terrorized? He could have lost his life," said Ann Rudsill, a fellow local Air Force veteran. 

Since the attack members from the Detroit community have come out to support the elder vet in his time of need.  

"You're wonderful," Rudisill said. "Thank you so much for your service."

"Thank you for being here with me," Garth said.

"I'm not going to leave you, we're going to do this together," Rudsill said. "Okay?"

"Okay," Garth said.


Rudsill is connected to various local charities and non-profits which assist veterans with meeting their needs.  She hopes that she will find support the gift Herman with a new car.  "That may not happen overnight I told him, but we're going to try help get him a car. He deserves to have a way to get around."  she said.  

Shyam Thakker, a local school teacher, heard the what had happened and paid a visit to Herman, giving him a few hundred dollars from his pocket.  

"What comes around, goes around," said Shyam Thakker, who said that Garth reminds him of his own father. "I'm excited about it and willing to help. I want walk away with a smile and I want to see him smile."  

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