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95-year-old N.H. man fights off robber with cane

Police say that Arthur Kamberis, 95, was forced to defend himself with his cane after a man allegedly tried to steal his wallet in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday, May, 2015.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- An elderly WWII veteran fought off a robber who allegedly tried to take his wallet on Saturday, CBS Boston reports.

Arthur Kamberis, 95, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was leaving a local Walgreen's just after 9 a.m. when a man approached him, according to the station. Police said the suspect allegedly grabbed Kameris' arm and reached for his wallet.

Then, "Kamberis started to fight off the attacker and hit him several times with his cane," according to a statement by the Manchester Police Department to CBS Boston.

A witness rushed into action, trying to help the elderly man, but the would-be victim wasn't hurt and the robbery suspect ran away.

"He wasn't very aggressive, but I was," Kamberis told CBS Boston.

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Police say this man tried to rob a 95-year-old veteran in Manchester, NH on May 2, 2015.
Manchester, NH Police
Police have released a surveillance photo of the alleged attacker. He was described as 5-feet, 10 inches tall with light brown hair and brown eyes, weighing around 165 pounds, reports the station.

He was seen wearing a gray jacket, gray hat and light colored shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Manchester Police Department at 603-668-8711 or their Crimeline at 603-624-4040.