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80-Year-Old Disables Armed Bank Robber

April 26, 1994

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ When 80-year-old Harry Olsen limped into an Oslo bank and saw customers cowering on the floor, he headed straight for an armed robber who was leaning over the counter collecting cash.

The partially disabled Olsen took aim with his heavy cane and walloped the gunman so hard on the neck that the bandit dropped his pistol, newspapers reported Tuesday.

″The neck is a weak point,″ Olsen was quoted as telling the Oslo newspaper Arbeiderbladet. ″The gunman was really dazed by the blow.″

The robber, in his early 20s, recovered enough to throw a small sign at Olsen, slightly injuring his ear. But three other customers overpowered the suspect and held him until police arrived.

″That was very well done for a man of his age,″ Jan Lokke of the Oslo police, said about Monday’s incident.

It was nothing, claimed Olsen. ″I’m a tough guy.″

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