Veteran In Wheelchair Fights Off 'Knife-Wielding Muggers'
An army veteran who is now dependent on a wheelchair, fought off knife-wielding muggers whilst training for the Chester half marathon...
Roger Mercer says he is now dependent on his wheelchair (Picture: Vicki Mercer)
An Army veteran who is now dependent on a wheelchair fought off knife-wielding muggers whilst training for the Chester half marathon.
Roger Mercer was a Private in 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.
He suffered a back injury in Afghanistan in 2004 which slowly deteriorated, resulting in him being medically discharged in 2007.
"I was able to grab his wrist and twist while pushing his hand back against itself till he dropped the knife"
Mr Mercer, who is training for the Chester half marathon, was at the end of his session by a canal towpath in a Chester suburb when he was confronted by an unknown man.
According to Mr Mercer, the man's face was covered when he demanded his phone in an "aggressive tone".
Mr Mercer said the man was holding a knife.
He told Forces News:
"I knew this was going to badly with the way he was standing in front of me, so I had to get the knife out of that situation.
"I was able to grab his wrist and twist while pushing his hand back against itself till he dropped the knife."
The veteran, who is 6ft7 inches, then used his size and strength to throw the man to the floor.
"[At] that moment he was shocked at what had just happened, so I took the advantage of hitting him to the floor.
"As he was down, a second person grabbed me around the neck in a choke hold, pulling my head back to the point my wheelchair nearly fell back. I was able to push my thumb into his eye socket and he immediately let me go.