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A scrappy senior is being hailed a hero for being able to cane two crooks, one of whom was wielding a knife, and put an end to a drugstore robbery in Oshawa.
It was a situation that would leave most 64-year-olds severely shaken, but not Roy Dixon, who has trained in various martial arts since he was just a child.
"I heard those women screaming and I just reacted," the fit grandfather said yesterday at his home in Whitby, muscles in his forearms rippling as he gripped a cane in his massive hands to demonstrate how he took care of the first of two thieves Monday.
He then held him at bay until police arrived.
"He told (the robber) to sit on the floor with his head down and his eyes closed, like a 3-year-old," Sgt. Paul McCurbin said, explaining the crook initially refused but after a few more whacks he was happy to oblige.
"When officers arrived and put him in handcuffs, he looked up at Dixon and asked, "Is it okay if I get up now, sir?" McCurbin said.