A group of thieves learned a lesson the hard way when they tried to rob a woman last week. Not on 88-year-old John Nixon’s watch.
Nixon, a widower and a Korean War veteran, trained as a commando in the 1940s and was well prepared for fighting off an attack.
Nixon was out and about last week near London, England when he spotted a group of five youths grab at a woman’s purse. As she started to fight back, one of the thieves pulled out a pocket knife.
“My initial thoughts were to divert their attention away from the girl who was screaming,” Nixon said.
“I shouted, ‘Leave her alone!’ but they turned on me saying, ‘We’ll take your money instead,’ and I said, ‘No, you won’t.’”
“Kids this age are full of bravado, you see, they weren’t expecting a surprise,” he said. That’s when he moved in to take things into his own hands. “Fear is not in my dictionary.”
“My training kicked in. I landed a blow to his neck, which rendered him semi-conscious. I disabled one but another one pulled out a knife so I had to try and deal with him too,” Nixon recalled.
Along with seeing action in the Korean War, Nixon served intelligence missions in Germany, Egypt, and the Middle East.
Local police praised Nixon for his “extraordinary bravery.” “A member of the public saw the altercation take place and intervened. The woman managed to run away but the man was attacked and suffered minor injuries,” according to a police spokesperson.
During the scuffle, Nixon was cut in the head as well as his hands as he karate chopped the knife-wielding attacker to the ground.
So far, no arrests have been made as the would-be thieves remain at large.
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