Chicago man, 83, fights off 19-year-old attacker in Oak Park
Knox Jones, 19, of Cicero is accused of unsuccessfully trying to overpower an 83-year old man and steal his car on Dec. 29.
Updated: February 11, 2013 6:27AM
OAK PARK — An 83-year-old Chicago man fought off a would-be carjacker 64 years his junior despite being kicked in the head, choked, punched and bitten, according to the Oak Park Police Department.
Police said the not-so-elderly man stopped to assist a young man who was sitting in the middle of the 1100 block of West Garfield Street at 11:28 p.m. Dec. 29.
When the man got out and bent over the prone man, he was grabbed by the back of his head, pulled to the ground, kicked in the back of the head, then choked.
Police said a witness to the incident who called 911 said the victim fought back against his attacker, identified by police as Knox Jones, 19, of the 4900 block of W. 30th Place, Cicero.
The 5-foot-7-inch, 130-pound Jones is accused of punching the man repeatedly, then biting him on the right ear, both hands, and his lower forearm.
Police said Jones then broke away from his riled-up victim and jumped behind the wheel of his car, which was running.
The witness told police Jones stepped on the gas and the car revved loudly, but didn’t move as it was in park. The older man was then able to pull Jones out of his car, and Jones walked away as police arrived. He was arrested less than a block from the scene.
Jones was charged with aggravated battery of a person over age 60 and aggravated vehicular hijacking. He was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bond.