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Man tries to rob elderly man outside grocery store, victim fights back

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The Food Lion at 1000 Waughtown Street in Winston-Salem (Google Maps)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man tried to rob an elderly man outside a Winston-Salem grocery store, but left empty handed after the victim and his wife fought back.

Police said it happened at about 9 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Food Lion at 1000 Waughtown Street.

Police said 78-year-old James Whittington was returning his shopping cart when a man in a burgundy Jeep Cherokee pulled up and got out.

Police said the suspect asked the victim if he had any money and the victim said he was not giving him anything.

The suspect then said, “Give me what you got” and pointed a pocket knife at the victim, according to police.

Police said the suspect then lunged toward the victim, but the victim was able to turn and avoid being stabbed. The victim then grabbed the suspect, causing both to fall to the pavement, according to police.

Police said the victim’s wife grabbed the back of the suspect’s shirt during the struggle and pulled him off her husband.

The suspect yelled for her to let him go and ran to his vehicle and left, headed toward Thomasville Road and Sprague Street, according to police.

Police said he left in a newer model burgundy Jeep Cherokee. He is described as a 25-year-old white male, standing about 5’8” with a white T-shirt and green zip-up sweatshirt.

The victim sustained a minor cut to his right hand, a sprain to his left hand and a bruised right elbow, according to police. He was treated at the scene by Forsyth County emergency responders.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information can call Winston-Salem police at (336) 727-2800.