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Philly cops seek suspects in home invasion, robbery of disabled veteran

Police are looking for the men who robbed and beat a disabled veteran in a Northeast Philadelphia home invasion.

The incident happened shortly after midnight at an apartment complex on the 9400 block of Ashton Road.

Police say the victim, a 58-year-old Marine veteran who is bedridden, buzzed the assailants into the apartment because he thought his neighbor was at the door.

Five or six men then rushed into the apartment and attacked the man, holding a gun to his head, Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters at the scene, according to television news reports.

"They immediately took him out of bed, threw him to the ground," Small said. "They assaulted him by striking him in the face."

Small said the attackers punched the man and made him lay on his stomach. They stole jewelry, money and other items from the apartment.

"The entire apartment was ransacked," Small said. "They searched everywhere in order to steal his jewelry, his money and even his medication."

It wasn't known which direction the robbers fled. Police have not announced any arrests.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.