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Pummeled by mugger, 75-year-old Army vet grabs knife and stabs back

By BOB KALINOWSKI | The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. | Published: October 20, 2018

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (Tribune News Service) — A 75-year-old Army veteran says he was being pummeled by a mugger Sunday evening until he grabbed his pocket knife and stabbed the attacker.

The man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in fear of retaliation because the culprit was still at large, was released from the hospital on Friday after several days of treatment for a broken jaw and various other injuries to his body.

Investigators say the man was attacked around 7 p.m. Sunday on the 200 block of North Pennsylvania Avenue. Police did not release any details about the robbery in a press release and did not respond Friday when asked to verify the victim's version of events.

The victim said he was walking home from a cigarette run to the Turkey Hill convenience store when he was approached from behind.

"I got mugged," the man said. "The guy said, 'Give me your money.' Next thing I know, he threw me on the ground and started punching me. I said, 'I don't have any money.'"

The suspect searched the man's pockets, taking his wallet, cigarettes and $10 he had in his pocket. During the shakedown, the victim's small pocket knife hit the ground. The man said he grabbed the knife and managed to stab the robber to get him to stop the assault.

"He said, 'Ouch, what was that?'" the victim recalled.

The suspect then fled toward Scott Street, the man said. The man said he turned the knife over to city police.

City police released surveillance photos of the suspect, who was accompanied by a female. The victim said he doesn't recall seeing a female, but the incident happened so fast.

After the attack, the bloodied victim walked back to his nearby home and told his wife to call police.

The victim said his teeth had to be removed during surgery on his jaw

This was the first time something like this happened during the man's 53 years living in the same neighborhood, he said.

He even joked he was never injured during his military service.

"Six years in Germany and I never got hurt," he said.

Now he's hoping the suspect gets caught and is punished.

"He should be in big trouble," the victim said.

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