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Making do in a tough spot.

Ninety-three-year-old Edward Cosgrove has had a sore shoulder since two young men physically attacked him, but he says "the soreness could just be his arthritis acting up," reported the Times-Leader (Pa.).

Cosgrove, who walks and hunts regularly, had just walked out of a Save-A-Lot grocery store in Pantego, Pennsylvania, where he had just used a "$100 bill for a $12 dollar purchase," when he was attacked, likely by thugs who had seen him pocket his money. He was knocked down, and one assailant tried to grab his wallet. Cosgrove fought to keep his wallet. As he battled, he reached into his truck and told the man he was fighting, "If I can reach my pistol, I'm going to kill you," prompting the would-be robbers to flee. But Cosgrove didn't have a gun with him; he'd run a bluff.

Cosgrove's quick mind also proved to be the undoing of at least one of the two criminals in another way: he got the criminal's license plate number. Damaris Trass was arrested for participating in the attack.
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Title Annotation:assault and battery against Edward Cosgrove
Author:Williamsen, Kurt
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 20, 2006
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