Navy Vet, 69, Puts Up Fight Against Carjacker at Gas Station in Brawl Caught on Video
A Navy veteran refused to back down after being confronted by a carjacker after pulling into a gas station in Texas.
Surveillance cameras caught the struggle, which took place in Richland Hills at a gas station off of Airport Freeway last week.
Allan Huddleston, 69, goes to the gas station every morning to buy coffee and a newspaper.
On that day, he got out of his truck only to be approached by a man who asked him for a cigarette. The man then attempted to take Huddleston’s truck.
“He got in the truck immediately and tried to drive off,” Huddleston told CBS. “When he tried to drive off, I’ve got the keys. I reach into my truck and I put him in a headlock and I drag him out of my truck.”
The thief eventually overpowered the former Navy man, taking the keys and getting into the vehicle.
Even then, Huddleston refused to give up. He was dragged about 20 feet until he disengaged from the vehicle.
Huddleston was treated for a broken leg and bruises after the incident.
Police officers were impressed by Huddleston’s vigor when they watched the footage.
“He put up a fight,” Richland Hills Police Captain Sheena McEachran told Fox4. “And I would expect nothing less from our veterans out there.”
And Huddleston believes that the thief will be caught.
“By golly, partner. There’s no doubt in my mind you’ve done this before,” Huddleston told the broadcaster. “And I guarantee it’ll catch up to you if you haven’t been caught yet. But you will be caught. You’re a sorry individual.”
Richland Hills police asked the public to contact them if they have any information concerning the thief. The suspect is described as a black male, 30-40 years of age, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighing approximately 165 pounds.
Huddleston’s truck was found abandoned in Fort Worth a few hours later.