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93-year-old man attacked in Browne’s Addition apartment

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Walter Carmack was attacked in his apartment in Browne's Addition. Walter Carmack was attacked in his apartment in Browne's Addition.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A 47-year-old man faces first-degree robbery charges after police say he broke into a 93-year-old veteran's home and attacked him before stealing his wallet and phone.

Spokane Police arrested Todd D. Simms Friday in connection with the crime, which happened January 25th.

“I've never experienced something like this,” Walter Carmack said. Carmack, the victim in this case, moved into the apartment 65 years ago.

Carmack says he does not know Simms personally, but a week before the attack he says he heard a knock on his door and it was the middle-aged man. Carmack says Simms demanded money for mowing the lawn at the apartment building, which Carmack owns.

“Rather than argue with him, I said, ‘OK I'll give you $20.'”

He says days later Simms came back for more. When Carmack turned him away, he pushed his way into the apartment and began punching the World War II veteran.

“For a few minutes in there things are kind of hazy,” Carmack said.

The robber took off with Carmack's wallet and cell phone and left the elderly man bleeding and barely conscious.

Two weeks later, Carmack believes justice will be served, though his recovery, both physical and emotional, continues.

“I never cheated anybody out of a nickel in my whole life,” he said.

And while he won't answer the door quite so quickly anymore, he says he'll never leave Browne's Addition.

“I mean, I've got to keep on going.”

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