- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A 95-year-old World War II veteran used his cane to fight off a would-be robber in Manchester, New Hampshire, over the weekend, police said.

Arthur Kamberis was walking home Saturday morning after picking up a prescription for his wife when a man approached him and reached for his wallet, a local ABC affiliate reported.

Mr. Kamberis said the man was mumbling and he couldn’t understand him, so he tried to give him so loose change. The man, however, had a different idea.

“He was not aggressive,” Mr. Kamberis told the station. “He didn’t lay his hands on me, other than he wanted to reach in this pocket to get the wallet.”

“I had my credit card, my license, my grandchildren’s pictures in there and all sorts of stuff it would have been wicked for me to replace,” the veteran said.

So he lashed out at the would-be robber with his cane.

“I was very nervous,” Mr. Kamberis told the ABC affiliate. “I hit him three or four times on the arm, and then, you know, what the cop told me, ‘You should have hit him on the head.’”

A passerby helped the 95-year-old, and the attacker fled. Mr. Kamberis wasn’t hurt, and the good Samaritan drove him home.

Mr. Kamberis was very fortunate,” said Lt. Brian O’Keefe. “He fought off the bad guy and left in one piece.”

Police are still searching for the man and are circulating a surveillance photo.

“Damn it, if I’d have had my cellphone, we would have nailed that guy, because the police station is only one block down,” Mr. Kamberis lamented.

He said he’s going to take further precautions to protect himself better next time.

“When I go out alone, my .357 Magnum will be with me all the time when I’m alone, because I cannot protect myself other than the cane,” he told the station.

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