The elderly man was walking with a grocery bag in each arm when the boy approached him with a large knife, [Santa Rosa police Sgt. Steve] Bair said.
The boy said, “Old man, give me your wallet or I’ll cut you,” Bair said. The man told the boy he was a former Marine who fought in three wars and had been threatened with knives and bayonets, Bair said.
The man then put his bags on the ground and told the boy that if he stepped closer he would be sorry. When the boy stepped closer, the man kicked him in the groin, knocking him to the sidewalk, Bair said. The ex-Marine picked up his grocery bags and walked home, leaving the boy doubled over, Bair said.
He’s 84 years old.
UPDATE. A correction: not a Marine. Our oldtimer served with the 101st Airborne.