A robber who was looking for an easy score ended up in a tussle with a tough-talking war vet earlier this week.
“It happened so fast. He immediately told me he wanted my pocketbook and my money,” said Marvin Lail, 79.
Lail was filling up his car Saturday morning at the 7-Eleven on Lee Road, when a man jumped from behind the gas pump and tried robbing him. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera.
“He said, ‘Give it up, old man. Give it up, old man.’ I kept fighting and I got a little injury right there, where he scratched me,” Lail said.
The robber was no match for the U.S. Army veteran. Lail said when he wouldn’t give up his wallet, the attacker showed him a black handgun, but it didn’t deter him from fighting back.
“You’re going to have to kill me to get my money, to get my billfold. I really truly thought I could take him. He was a little slow and I just naturally resisted him reaching into my pocket to get my billfold,” Lail said. “There was a little bit of money in there, too. He’d of had a good day.”
Orange County deputies believe he may have been targeted because of his age.
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