ROSA - A boy in his mid-teens learned Wednesday afternoon that it is
not a good idea to try to rob a former U.S. Marine at knifepoint, even
if the former Marine is 84 years old, police said today.
police Sgt. Steve Bair said that’s what happened around 2 p.m. in the
1600 block of Fourth Street. The elderly man was walking with a grocery
bag in each arm when the boy approached him with a large knife, Bair
The boy said, "Old man, give me your wallet or I’ll cut
you," Bair said. The man told the boy he was a former Marine who fought
in three wars and had been threatened with knives and bayonets, Bair
The man then put his bags on the ground and told the boy
that if he stepped closer he would be sorry. When the boy stepped
closer, the man kicked him in the groin, knocking him to the sidewalk,
Bair said. The ex-Marine picked up his grocery bags and walked home,
leaving the boy doubled over, Bair said.
The man reported the attempted robbery to police 45 minutes later.
Bair said the teen is described only as 15 or 16 years old. Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department."