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Los Angeles Times, Published July 17 2012

Would-be cafe robbers run into one tough 71-year-old (with video)

LOS ANGELES — Two hooded men, their faces covered, went into a Florida Internet cafe Friday, hefting a baseball bat and toting a handgun. What they couldn’t have expected to encounter was Samuel Williams, a fleet-of-foot senior citizen with a gun.

The two suspects, identified by authorities as DuWayne Henderson and Davis Dawkins, went spinning and running after Williams, 71, dropped to one knee and aimed his .380.

Video of the incident at the Palms Internet Cafe in Ocala, Fla., shows two suspects directing patrons, who have their hands raised. Williams, a grandfatherly looking man in billed cap and shorts, stands, then bends briefly to one knee and begins shooting.

The suspects scramble to exit, falling over one another as Williams continues his pursuit.

Williams does have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to Judge Cochran, a spokesman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Cochran, in an interview Tuesday with the Los Angeles Times, said Williams was not interested in speaking to the media about the dramatic encounter. Henderson and Dawkins were released on bail, he said. Henderson also was treated for a gunshot wound at a Gainesville hospital, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

They were charged with attempted robbery with a firearm and felony criminal mischief.

Watch the video here