A veteran fought off a woman who allegedly tried to steal his wallet (video below).
Victor Bejarano was visiting an auto parts store in Fresno, California, on Oct. 3 when a 5-foot-8, 200-pound female attacker reportedly approached him and demanded his wallet.
The Vietnam war veteran refused, and an altercation ensued, reports YourCentralValley.com. Surveillance cameras in the store's parking lot captured video of the 73-year-old Bejarano wrestling with the would-be mugger.
"In the beginning she told me, 'You wouldn't hit a woman,' and I said, 'You're not a woman. I mean, you're attacking me,''' Bejarano told ABC 30 Action News.
The fight reportedly continued inside the store, where the veteran tried to get help, but to no avail.
"He was screaming for help asking us to call the cops. She just kept fighting him, trying to steal his wallet," a witness told YourCentralValley.com.
Bejarano was able to break free from the woman's hold and escaped to the store's back exit, only to be attacked once again.
A concerned customer eventually called 911.
The woman fled the scene in an SUV.
"I got to tell you, she was pretty tough," Bejarano said. "I didn't want to hit her. I didn't want to punch her. I didn't want to do none of that."
Authorities are searching for the woman.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports people aged 50 to 64 experience the lowest rate of nonfatal and violent crime compared to people ages 25 to 49. Young people, from 12 to 24 years old, experience the highest rate of violent crime.