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Navy vet doesn’t let truck thief get away without a fight


A man trying to steal a truck found out just how tough veterans can be – even decades after their service.

Allan Huddleston, 69, was going through his usual morning routine on Jan. 15 as he stopped off at a convenience store in the 7300 block of Airport Freeway to pick up a newspaper.

That’s when a man approached him asking for money, but want he really wanted was his truck, Huddleston told KDFW-TV (Channel 4).

Huddleston, a Navy veteran who fought in Vietnam, wound up in a fight with the younger man, who eventually stole his keys and wallet and took off in Huddleston’s truck.

“He got in the truck immediately and tried to drive off,” Huddleston told KVTV-TV (Channel 11). “When he tried to drive off, I’ve got the keys. I reach into my truck and I put him in a head lock and I drag him out of my truck.”

But the attacker overcame Huddleston and made away with the truck.

“I thought I could get a hold of this rascal, and I tried to,” Huddleston told KXAS-TV (Channel 5).

Huddleston was dragged down the road and suffered a broken leg during the attack and theft, NBC5 reported.

Police found his truck in Fort Worth, and it was returned to the Navy vet.

Though Huddleston said he considered himself lucky and was happy to get his truck back, he had some harsh words for his attacker, according to Fox4.

“By golly, partner. There’s no doubt in my mind you’ve done this before,” Huddleston said. “And I guarantee it’ll catch up to you if you haven’t been caught yet. But you will be caught. You’re a sorry individual,” Huddleston said.

According to Richland Hills police, the suspect talked to several other people at the gas station, asking for cigarettes and money. Anyone with information about the incident should call 817-616-3780.


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