A Vietnam veteran was the victim of an unprovoked attack at a Georgia convenience store on Monday.
Reports say 77-year-old Jacob Cooter, who spent 21 years serving in the Armed Forces, was sucker punched by a man who was a “foot taller” and “100 pounds” heavier, not to mention much younger.
Cooter was in line at a TPS gas station convenience store on Monday, waiting to buy a case of water. That’s when he got into a confrontation with another customer.
Store manager Melissa Johnson says, “Because he didn’t want to have to carry the 24 pack, he set it on the counter at the second register. After that, the second customer, the attacker, came up.”
The two reportedly “exchanged words” but then the attacker came up behind Cooter and punched him in the back of the head.
“For the man to sucker punch me, he’s kind of a coward,” Cooter said. “The man was maybe a foot taller than me and a 100 pounds more. He had no business hitting an old fella.”
Cooter says he was knocked out for a second and had to go to the hospital. Thankfully Cooter didn’t suffer any significant damage and intends to press charges against his attacker.
Johnson hopes he does too.
“If he’s the type that would assault an elderly man about who should have been rung up at the cash register, it needs to be on record,” she said. “What else would he be capable of? He knows who I am. He comes in everyday and he knows I’m the one that came outside to get the name off the truck and the tag number. So, I am worried about him coming back because he may be upset.”
Police say they still don’t know who the attacker is but are “getting close” to identifying him once they track down the truck.