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Homeless man tries to stop gas station robber

Mike Scofield Mike Scofield


















(Scofield, in the camouflage jacket, struggled with the suspect all
the way out of the gas station)


PORTLAND, Ore. - A homeless man in western Oregon is being hailed a hero after fighting off a robber who tried to steal money from a gas station near where the homeless man camps out.

Investigators said the hooded suspect walked in just after 10 a.m. on January 24 and stole money from the cash drawer, but Mike Scofield attacked him before he could get away.

"I smashed him four times," said Scofield. The fight lasted less than thirty seconds before spilling into the parking lot.

"I kicked him twice and proceeded to fight all the way out the door," added Scofield. "Didn't work, he still got away."

"He didn't have to step up," said Scofield's friend Dirk Boyle. "He could've said, go ahead, just like anybody else would've done, but he actually stepped in and did a good job, I'm proud of him."

Scofield was not injured, but police still caution against confronting criminals.

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