OTTAWA - Police in the Canadian capital of Ottawa were on the hunt Thursday for a man who broke into a 101-year-old World War II veteran's home, tied him up and robbed him.
At 7:30 am (1230 GMT) the suspect pretended to be a city employee to gain access to the building, a few blocks from the residence of the governor general.
The man demanded money at the door, then forced his way into the victim's apartment and bound him, Ottawa police said in a statement.
Once the suspect had left with undisclosed loot, the victim managed to free himself and call police. He was uninjured, said officers.
"This thug should go to jail," Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino said of the alleged assailant in a Twitter message.
According to Canada's public broadcaster CBC, the victim had helped plan the Second World War D-Day landings in 1944 Normandy that began the Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe.