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Veteran robbed of cash and guns -- but not his pride

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John Benway, 86, has lived at his Saginaw home for 40 years. John Benway, 86, has lived at his Saginaw home for 40 years.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

After proudly serving his country in two wars, an 86-year-old veteran is repaid by being attacked in his own home and held at gunpoint.

And while robbers took off with some of the man's belongings, his spirit is intact.

As 86-year-old John Benway describes the robbery, it was late at night Wednesday and his dog Judy was barking. That's when three men broke through his bathroom window at his eastside Saginaw home.

Benway walked out of his bedroom only to be grabbed and thrown to the floor. That's when his assailant yelled, "Where's your money and guns?" The thieves took two televisions, a wallet, prescription drugs and guns - then they grabbed his car keys. When the thieves backed his GMC out of the driveway, they tore up the fence in front of his house.

Benway was uninjured during the attack, but says the incident has shaken him up. Benway is a veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart during the Korean War. He's bothered the home invasion took place on his home turf.

On Thursday, police found his vehicle and one Saginaw resident was taken into custody.

"They found the car over on Webber Street," said Benway. "Now that had to be stupid -- [a] man stealing a car and taking it home, parking it in his driveway. That is stupidity at the utmost."

Benway said he's glad to have his car back, and states he won't move after living in the home for 40 years. But, he said he is going to purchase another gun to protect himself.

"I will protect my home, and my dog," said Benway. "I don't care about myself 'cause I'm an old man and I've played my role."

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