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Elderly man fights off armed robber w/ frying pan

April 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
In an emergency, you make do with what you have. An elderly man in Springfield, Fla., fought off an armed robber with a frying pan.

Bobby Smith, 81, surprised the suspect in his kitchen, and instead of calling for help, he reached for a hot skillet full of potatoes - his dinner for the night - and hit the robber in the head.

"He sank to his knees 'cause I hit him," he said. "Then I reached back about six feet away and got this pitchfork. Then I went to work on him."

The robber fled with Smith's wallet, but it only had $12 inside.

Smith says if the suspect comes back, he'll be waiting with his skillet and his pitchfork.