Retired correctional officer beaten, robbed in Hazel Crest

A retired correctional officer was assaulted Wednesday night during a robbery at his home in south suburban Hazel Crest.

The 60-year-old man was exiting his vehicle after 8 p.m. in the 16800 block of Orchard Ridge when multiple people approached him in his driveway, Hazel Crest police said in a statement.

The unknown assailants assaulted him and stole his vehicle and personal items, police said.

The man was found in his home by his daughter after 1 a.m., police said. Paramedics were called and took him to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Police later found the man’s Nissan Rogue in the 17000 block of Anthony, but no one was inside, police said. Several of his personal items were recovered.

The man’s daughter, Shanae Wynese Cross, asked for the public’s help on Facebook to knock on doors in her father’s neighborhood and find witnesses.

“Someone knows something,” she wrote. “We need answers. We need justice for [my dad].”

She posted a photo of her dad in a hospital bed attached to a ventilator.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information of the robbery was asked to call Hazel Crest police detectives at (708) 335-9640.