CINCINNATI – A World War II veteran was hospitalized Sunday after police said he was attacked outside Good Samaritan Hospital.
Authorities said Paul Browning, 86, was outside the hospital near Dixmyth Avenue when the attack happened.
Browning was there visiting his wife of 65 years who is recovering from a stroke. Family members said the two met in Italy during World War II.
Police arrested Craig Phelps, 30, after the incident. He was charged with cocaine possession, felony robbery, possession of drug instruments and damaging property. He is accused of breaking a car window.
Police said Phelps tried to steal Browning's wallet, which led to the attack.
Phelps is accused of "slamming (Browning) against a wall, causing severe physical harm to his face," a police affidavit stated. Family members said Browning was left bruised and swollen and required stitches in his mouth, and was expected to be hospitalized a few days.
Browning's son, Marvin Browning, said the veteran got jumped just after leaving the hospital to go to his car.
"(My dad) said, 'I thought, I need to get away from there in case he came back,'" Marvin Browning said. He said his father drove home, and his family brought him back to the hospital for treatment.
Browning's family members say he's tough and will recover. However, doctors are also checking out a potential heart issue.
"He's like dad always is, he'll be OK," his son said. "That's just what he says, 'Everything's OK.' "
Phelps is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $25,000 bond until his next hearing scheduled Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.