OKLAHOMA CITY - A blind veteran was forced to defend himself after being approached by a would-be attacker.
Gordon Besaw, 51, of Oklahoma, has glaucoma. He and his seeing-eye dog, Derby, were headed to the VA Medical Center for treatment Tuesday when police say he was attacked by 27-year-old Christopher Andrew.
"He asked me, 'Are you blind?' I said yes," said Besaw. "He said, 'I can make you see before you see God'."
Police say Andrew punched the retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier in the head, KJRH reported.
"He said, 'I can make you see again' and he punched me in the head again," Besaw said. "I'm like, 'Man, you're not going to like the way this is going to go.'"
Besaw says he let go of his dog's leash, told Derby to stay and used his military training to subdue Andrew until police arrived.
"I hip tossed him," said Besaw. "... and I began to choke him."
When police arrived, they found Besaw on top of Andrew.
The vet's would-be attacker is now facing felony charges for aggravated assault and battery.