Blind Oklahoma veteran takes down would-be attacker in broad daylight

OKLAHOMA CITY - A blind man was forced to defend himself earlier this week after being attacked in broad daylight.  Unfortunately for the suspect, he chose a retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier as his victim.

Fifty-one-year-old Gordon Besaw 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 Besaw in the head.

"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.

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