By YAZHOU SUN
An armed robber thought he scored an easy target when he spotted the 79-year-old Marvin Lail, but the thug did not count on the elderly man fighting back.
Lail was filling up his car at an Orlando, Fla., gas station at 7 a.m. this past Saturday when the suspect came from behind the gas pump and demanded Lail give up his wallet.
The suspect pulled out a gun, but Lail still refused to surrender his wallet, according to a police report by Orange County Sheriff.
The suspect attempted to yank Lail's wallet from his pocket and Lail struggled to hang on to his money until an employee of a nearby store came out and scared off the suspect.
Lail sustained minor scuffing on his hand, and said he lost some cash, according to the police report.
Vanessa Lebron, a cashier at the 7/11 store nearby, saw Lail struggling and fighting with the suspect. She sent co-worker Shion Pierre-Charles out to see what was going on, according to the police report.
Pierre-Charles approached Lail and the suspect and demanded what was going on, prompting the suspect to release Lail and walked away. Lail rushed back into the 7/11 and called 911, according to the police report.
“I didn’t know the suspect had a gun in his hand when I went outside the store,” Pierre-Charles told ABC News today. “I just told him to leave the property.”
“Crimes can happen anywhere, but fact that this happened at 7 a.m. was unusual,” Jane Watrel, spokeswoman at Orange County Sheriff's Office told ABC News today.
“Mr. Lail followed his guts, and it worked out for him,” Watrel said. “Each incident is different, and we ask to people to follow their instincts.”
Lail said he will prosecute and testify in court, according to the police report.
The suspect is identified as about 5-foot-10 and about 150 pounds.
Lail could not be reached for comment by ABC News.