WWII veteran speaks after brutal attack

Justin Wayne Lawson. (Provided Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

ARCADIA, Ind. (WISH) — Police arrested two men in connection to a violent Arcadia home invasion that left a World War II veteran injured.

Joseph Michael Lowe. (Provided Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Joseph Michael Lowe. (Provided Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

Monday, the 94-year-old victim of that crime, Herschel “Bud” Moore spoke out for the first time since the night of the robbery, October 10. He says he’s on the mend.

“How was my recovery? Well, I’m getting there. Quite a few sore spots yet. But, I’m getting there,” said Moore.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests Monday morning. Joseph Michael Lowe, 26, was arrested on preliminary charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, residential entry, burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Justin Wayne Lawson, 27, was arrested on preliminary charges of armed robbery, burglary, theft, residential entry, criminal confinement, strangulation, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, battery with injury, intimidation and criminal mischief.

Moore told police that he was asleep in his bed when two masked men broke into his room, tied him up with zip ties, beat him and then stole $2,500 in cash and other valuable possessions.

“I didn’t ask for it. I was asleep in the bed. Had I asked for it maybe I would have been ready for it and maybe it wouldn’t have happened. I don’t know,” said Moore.

Lowe is from Indianapolis, and Lawson is from Cicero.

Moore is the oldest known living WWII vet in Hamilton County. He was shot in both knees during the war in France and taken POW for nine months.

“I got banged up a little bit in WWII, I’ve recovered from that. I guess it takes more than a war to keep a good man down,” said Moore.

His grandson, Kane Hutchison, was the first to find him.

“It was pretty horrible. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. I don’t ever want to see it again,” said Hutchison.

The sheriff’s department said tips they received were helpful in solving the case. They were able to recover all the items taken from Hershel “Bud” Moore, the victim in the incident.

The victim says he’s never seen the two suspects in his life. But, according to the probable cause statement police say the men set their sights on Moore because they, “knew of an old man who was deaf and had money.”

Moore is now waiting for a new set of hearing aids since police say these men broke into his house.

“I think maybe the man upstairs was on my side,” said Moore.

He says he’s grateful for the many cards from around the world thanking him for his service and offering words for encouragement. He adds that he’s glad the two men believed to be behind this brutality are behind bars and that the justice he fought for prevailed.

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