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May 09, 2015

This Suspect Didn’t Want to Find Out if 79-Year-Old Military Vet Was Bluffing

This Suspect Didn’t Want to Find Out if 79-Year-Old Military Vet Was Bluffing''

A 79-year-old military veteran in Riverside County, California, said he noticed someone lurking in his neighbor’s lawn on Thursday and he felt obligated to make sure everything was OK.

The veteran, identified only as Richard, confronted the man and asked him what he was doing in the yard. It’s also relevant to note that he is always carrying a firearm for self-protection.

CBS Los Angeles

“I said, ‘What are you doing?’

“He said, ‘Well, my stuff is here.’

“I said, ‘No, it’s not here.’

“He said, Well, Steve lives here.’

“I said, ‘No, he doesn’t. You just better be on your way.’

“He said, ‘Well, you wouldn’t shoot me.’

“I said, ‘Well, test me.’”

When Richard ordered the suspect to put his hands on a nearby fence or get on the ground, the man reportedly attacked, punching the good Samaritan in the nose. Eventually, Richard was able to use his gun to strike the man in the foot, which caused him to back off.

The 79-year-old vet then gave the suspect a “choice.”

“If I run are you going to shoot me or kill me?” the suspect reportedly asked.

“Go for it,” Richard responded.

The suspect seemed to wise up at that point and Richard held the 25-year-old at gunpoint until police arrived. He now faces assault charges, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The one-time military man says he always has a gun on him for safety reasons.

“I’m not looking for any glory or anything. I just live in the neighborhood and want to be left alone,” Richard said.

“Nobody’s held accountable anymore, you know,” Richard said, reflecting on the incident. “They don’t have any respect. There’s no work ethic. I just won’t stand for it. You know, he picked on the wrong guy.”

Richard plans on pressing charges against the 25-year-old suspect, who was taken into custody and faces assault charges.

Wild Thing's comment...........

Love this story. Thank God for all you Veterans.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 9, 2015 12:55 AM


Yep. Look out for us old folk. We can be quite capable of defending ourselves.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at May 9, 2015 01:35 PM