Grandfather Fights Back In Father's Day Robbery


Sunday, June 21st 2009, 6:37 pm
By: News On 6


By Chris Wright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A grandfather was assaulted and robbed while spending Father's Day with his family in Tulsa. It happened Sunday in the 3800 block of East 69th Street.

Bill Duncan, 77, is recovering.

He wasn't hurt during the robbery, but he was bloodied after he decided to fight back.

Bill Duncan had enjoyed spending Father's Day weekend with his children.

He was packing his car early Sunday morning and about to return to Missouri, when he says he was approached by a man who emerged from a gray Sedan.

"It was such an innocent thing, ‘may I borrow your phone, we're lost.' You try to be a good neighbor and that's not what they were looking for," said Bill Duncan.

Instead, the man wanted his money.

Duncan says the man took the phone, choked him and stole his wallet, then took off.

After Duncan's wallet and cell phone were taken, he actually quickly decided to fight back, jumping in the robber's car. He was dragged about 30 feet until he finally fell out.

So why go after the guy?

"I was mad. You know, he took my personal stuff, and I guess I was more interested in getting that than getting the information I should have," said Duncan.

A bloody and dazed Duncan was discovered by his daughter Cindy.

"But it was very scary, not the way to start a Father's Day," said Cindy Dodson, Duncan's daughter.

Duncan was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

"It's very infuriating and it certainly puts a damper on the weekend, from a Father's Day celebration perspective," said Dodson.

Because of the assualt, Duncan did get to spend extra with his family, but he says it was not the celebration he envisioned.

"It is Father's Day, it is Sunday, but you go out early in the morning when it's so nice and peaceful and look what happens," said Duncan.

Duncan says there were four people in the car.

Anyone who knows anything about the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.

While the thieves made off with Duncan's wallet, they didn't come away with much.

Duncan had all of his credit cards and cash in his chest pocket, so the robbers essentially got nothing.