Wednesday, September 12, 2007

74-Year Old Man Fights Off Tire-Iron Yielding Mugger

Who says senior citizens are vulnerable? Not Bruce Ferraro! The 74-year old was getting into his car at a local mall when a guy bearing a tire iron tapped on his window and told him to get out of the car and give him all his money. From

"Ferraro says, 'What, are you kidding me?' and he actually gets out of the car," Suffolk County Detective Sergeant Thomas Groneman said.

The mugger ordered Ferraro to hand over his wallet, calling the Bay Shore resident an "old man" and threatening to hit him with the tire iron, Groneman said.

Instead, Ferraro grabbed the bar, and the two fought, until the septaugenarian snatched away the tire iron, police said.

Groneman said Ferraro did "a good job" of disarming his would-be assailant, though he would not recommend that other people attempt such a brazen act of self-defense.

Now disarmed, the suspect ran to his car and attempted to drive away, police said. But the vehicle stalled, and the man got out of the car and fled on foot. Ferraro later helped police identify the suspect."

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