77 Year Old Man Fends Off Armed Robbers with a Sledgehammer

A couple of weeks ago we highlighted the story of a boy who saved his mother from a drunk attacker by using his BB gun. Today we share a home defense story from the other end of the age and weapon spectrum.

Last week Roger Krier was tinkering around in his garage at 5:30 pm, when four attackers stepped inside it. One, brandishing a semiautomatic handgun, demanded Krier hand over some dough. Krier, who at age 77 has the ageless vitality of a Jack Lalanne, called on the combat training he had been through 53 years ago, and stealthily grabbed a sledgehammer from his workbench, swung it around, and knocked the would-be robber’s gun out of his hand and into the alley next to the house. The group of men then turned tail and ran away in fear. Nice going, Pops.

You definitely need to watch this video of Roger describing how the incident went down:

As someone said in the comments on the article: “Never bring a gun to a hammer fight.”

Read the article: “Man, 77, Fends Off Armed Robbers with Sledgehammer.” (CBS Minnesota)

Hat tip to Loran P. for this link.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan December 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Reminds me of when a couple guys tried to rob Jack Dempsey and his wife when Dempsey was about 75. After he knocked them around, the robbers wouldn’t get up off the ground until the cops got there to protect them.

Jake December 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm

H.A.M. as all hell.

Go, grandpa, go.

Rob December 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Justice Prevails! Good show, sir!

Joe Proctor December 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Man grabs one of 12 hammers, or 16 shovels, or ….

Looks like an old guy that makes trips to the hardware store and always comes home with new tools regardless. My life’s goal.

andrew December 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm

i once felt like i was bringing a spoon to a gun fight.. and that was when i sat down for my structural engineering exam last thursday!

Stephen December 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

How do you “stealthily grab[] a sledgehammer from his workbench, swung it around, and knocked the would-be robber’s gun out of his hand and into the alley next to the house.”

I’d have thought sledgehammers would be a tricky weapon to use stealthily.

John December 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

@Stephen – Back in the day, when they taught boys to be real men, they also taught Hammer Fu.

Writ large across every page reads, “these are people around with whom thou shalt not screw.”

Ozzie December 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

OLD MAN STRENGTH…. works every time.

Tim December 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

“One of the men may have an injured hand.” May have? I would say does have. My guess is that one of the other men may be holding the gun next time, because the guy with the injured hand can’t.

paul December 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

‘Hammer Time!’

Eddie Viper December 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm


Todd Kuslikis December 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

So inspiring!!!!

Charlie January 2, 2012 at 1:52 am

Ah yes – age and treachery overcomes youth and numbers yet again!

Bob January 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

One can only say, “Respect, Sir”.

May all scumbags meet a Gent like yourself.

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