A masked thug Tasered a great-grandad’s leg then fled after trying and failing to steal his Lexus.
Gordon Neale, 89, has spoken of the horrific moment the attacker grabbed his arm from behind and demanded the keys to his £40,000 car.
The widower, who served as a soldier for the British Army in Germany in the years following the Second World War, said he dropped to the ground in the struggle and was left with blood on his face.
He told the Manchester Evening News the incident at his home in Stockport was a "fight for survival".
Gordon, who suffers polymyalgia rheumatica, had just arrived back from a charity evening at his friend’s house when he was attacked.
Speaking of his horror, he said: “I was on my back, I started bellowing out help, help, help.
"I’d got blood all over the side of my face – the Taser must have hit against it."
As a neighbour went to call the police, the yob got inside the Lexus and tried to start it.
When he found he couldn’t, he ran away from the home.
The police arrived, as well as paramedics, who checked Gordon over for minor injuries.
Gordon said: “It was a fight for survival. You think ‘why me? I’ve not done anyone any harm.
"He could’ve kicked the living daylights out of me. I felt violated.
"I’m a long time resident here. I’ve seen things go from bad to worse. I feel sad about it.
"It’s a very bad experience. I was worried afterwards that he might come back but I have got a lot of people around me. They are appalled, of course.”
Gordon said he’d like to thank the neighbours for rallying around in his time of need.
He said: “I’d like to make a point of saying I have been very fortunate over the years with my neighbours.
"My neighbour June, who called police, was here in no time. She was quite shaken up of course.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information about the robbery, which happened just after midnight on Sunday to get in touch.
Detective Inspector Kris Williams said: “This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable and elderly man outside his home and although he escaped with only minor injuries, he has been left shaken by this terrifying incident.
“The victim is now being supported by officers and my thoughts are with him and his family as he recovers from this ordeal.
“Our priority is to find the person responsible for this so I am appealing to members of the public who may have witnessed this incident or seen a man dressed in dark clothing running away from the Bakewell Road area of Hazel Grove late on Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday morning to please get in touch with police.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 063 of August 5.
Reports can also be made via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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