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86-year-old beaten, robbed outside Good Samaritan Hospital

Paul Browning, 86, was beaten for his wallet outside the hospital on Sunday (Photo: Facebook/One of the family members) Paul Browning, 86, was beaten for his wallet outside the hospital on Sunday (Photo: Facebook/One of the family members)
Craig Phelps beat up Paul Browning (Photo: Hamilton County Courts) Craig Phelps beat up Paul Browning (Photo: Hamilton County Courts)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Visiting his wife at Good Samaritan Hospital, an elderly man never expected he'd end up a patient.

Paul Browning, 86, was beaten for his wallet outside the hospital on Sunday.

"What can make a guy just say, 'You know, I'm going to go whip up on this old man,'" said Browning's son, Marvin Browning.

Paul Browning spends hours at Good Samaritan every day visiting his wife, Ilda, who's rehabbing from surgery.  Police say Craig Phelps beat Browning, and tried to swipe his wallet as he walked out the hospital doors headed to his car.

"He said he was walking to his car and didn't even see the guy.  When he walked around the corner of the wall up there by the entrance, the guy just jumped him," said Browning.

Left bloody and swollen, Browning is now recovering in the same hospital in which he was just a visitor minutes earlier.

"He told him, 'I'm an old man.  I don't have any money.'  He helped him up, and told him he was sorry, he thought he was somebody else," Browning told FOX19.

The attacker then took off, as did Browning.

"He said, 'I thought I needed to get away from there in case he came back.'  He drove home, and we had to bring him back," said Browning.

Browning is a World War II veteran, spending time in Italy, where he met his wife.  He takes care of her since she had a stroke years ago.  He's now dealing with his own recovery, including swelling, bruising, stitches in his mouth, and other cuts and injuries.  Doctors also discovered a heart murmur, but don't know if it's connected to the beating.

"It'll take several weeks for the bruising to go away, and everything.  But, hopefully, keep our fingers crossed, no other complications come up," Browning said.

Hospital officials told FOX19 that after the attack, Phelps tried to break into a car in a hospital parking garage.  He was chased by security, and caught.  He was held until police came.  Browning's family says the police brought Phelps to Browning's hospital room where he was able to identify him as the attacker.

Phelps is charged with robbery, plus some misdemeanors, including possession of a drug abuse instrument.  According to court papers, a needle found on Phelps, he admitted, was being used to inject heroin.

He's due in court on September 10.

Browning's family hopes he is out of the hospital in a few days.  Family members say he is set to have a procedure to address the heart murmur on Tuesday.

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