95-year-old WWII vet fights off robber with cane

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By Ray Brewer, WMUR

A 95-year-old World War II veteran fought off a would-be robber with his cane.

Arthur Kamberis says a man tried to steal his wallet over the weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire.

"Damn it, if I'd have had my cellphone, we would have nailed that guy, because the police station is only one block down," said Kamberis.

That's the one regret the 95-year-old World War II veteran, who fought the Japanese on Okinawa, has after fending off Saturday's attack.

"He was not aggressive," Kamberis said of the robber. "He didn't lay his hands on me, other than the fact he wanted to reach in this pocket to get the money, the wallet."

Kamberis says the man was mumbling, so he had trouble understanding what he wanted. He tried to give the man some loose change, but the robber insisted on trying to get the wallet, and Kamberis said that wasn't happening.

"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," Kamberis said.

So Kamberis lashed out with his cane.

"I was really nervous," Kamberis said. "I hit him maybe three or four times on the arm, and then, you know, what the cop told me, 'You should have hit him on the head.'"

Police say they always recommend surrendering your goods, as things can be replaced people can't. Despite the attempted robbery, Kamberis says he has no plans to change his routine—with one exception.

"My .357 magnum will be with me all the time when I'm alone, because I cannot protect myself other than the cane," he said.