Saturday, November 12, 1977

A Blind Newsdealer Wards Off a Robber

A 70-year-old Greenwich Village newsdealer who is legally blind foiled a robbery by a 16-yar-old youth yesterday morning, according to police.

Jack Furman, the news dealer, whose stand is near St. Vincent’s Hospital told police he saw the youth reach for his change box at 7:30am.

Mr. Furman, who can see shapes, threw paperweights at the youth and hit his target at a distance of 50 feet. The youth, who had an artifical leg, hit him over the head with a crutch. Bernard Dukes lost a leg several years ago after a tumor was discovered.

Excerpt from New York Times Nov 12, 1977

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