This 71-year-old fought back, kept his Seahawks jersey

He walks with a cane and in November he had four discs placed in his neck.

Saturday morning, the 71-year-old Renton man drove to the downtown library spanning the Cedar River. But he arrived about a half hour before the library was to open.

So he decided to walk back to his car. He didn't get far.

Approaching him was a man in his late teens, with a goatee and a flat-top haircut. He was wearing camouflage pants.

He demanded the elderly man's Seahawks shirt emblazoned with the name Hasselbeck. But the 71-year-old wasn't going to be a victim this day. He punched and kicked as the heavy-set man tried to strip the shirt off him.

The assault continued. The elderly man swung his cane but missed his attacker, who grabbed him by the shoulders and threw him to the ground.

He scraped his left elbow and knee in the fall, causing him pain.

His attacker fled into Liberty Park. The elderly man went home and called Renton Police to report his assault.

He was still wearing his Seahawks jersey.

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