Former US Navy veteran successfully fights off pepper-spray attackers in Fullerton

Unyielding courage on display as a Fullerton former Marine deters daytime attackers, turning a potential victim into a hometown hero.

A U.S. Navy veteran confronted two suspects who pepper-sprayed him in an attempted assault as he arrived at his Orange County home.

Surveillance camera footage captured the moment the two subjects approached the veteran, pepper sprayed him, and pushed him into the garage of his home, but the former Marine fought back and pushed them off his property.

The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. this Sunday in the 1000 block of W. Las Palmas in Fullerton when the veteran and his wife arrived home after attending church.

The couple was reportedly followed by a vehicle where three men traveled.

“They approached my dad and said, ‘Hey, somebody hit your car, there’s damage to the car,'” the veteran’s son, who wished to remain anonymous, told ABC News.

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The veteran was initially confused, and the suspects pepper-sprayed him. Since the victim had glasses, he could defend himself and confront the two alleged assailants.

Seeing the veteran’s reaction, the robbers backed off and fled the scene.

At the victim’s home was a team of landscapers working at the time of the attempted robbery and came to the veteran’s aid when they heard his screams.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Walnut Station is investigating the attempted robbery. Authorities are reviewing details to determine if it may be related to a similar case reported in Rowland Heights.