Arrest made in East Texas veteran's beating

Jonathan Coffman. Photo Source: Van Zandt County
Jonathan Coffman. Photo Source: Van Zandt County
C.D. Whittington
C.D. Whittington

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - According to law enforcement, an arrest has been made in connection with the beating of World War II veteran, C.D. Whittington, 89.

Jonathan Coffman, 21, of Wills Point was taken into custody Tuesday in Myrtle Springs. He is being held on a blue warrant on a parole violation stemming from a drug possession.

He is to be formally charged with aggravated robbery Tuesday afternoon.

Police say Coffman bragged to his friends about "beating up an old man" and "stealing his medications". Now, he is behind bars, and his alleged victim, Whittington is at home recovering from his injuries.

"Well, I'm just relieved," said Whittington. "I feel out of danger. I don't know what I would do if I was to run across him again."

Until Tuesday, Whittington says he's been afraid. The bruises, he says, a constant reminder of what happened in his home on Friday night.

"Terrible. I felt in danger the whole time," he said.

Even with black and blue covering his face, Whittington has compassion for his alleged attacker.

"I forgive him," he said. "He's just a mixed up man. I forgive him. I forgive him."

He says his bruises will heal, but his memory will never let him forget the pain and fear he endured.

Police say one of the friends Coffman bragged to was able to put two and two together after seeing Whittington's battered face on a KLTV 7 News report.

Coffman remains in the Van Zandt County jail, charged with aggravated robbery.

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