• Sweden edition
 
Strong-armed Swedish pensioner slugs two young bandits

Strong-armed Swedish pensioner slugs two young bandits

Published: 24 Feb 2011 16:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Feb 2011 16:27 GMT+01:00

Gray-haired and requiring the use of a rollator to get around, Rolf Klasson certainly didn't give the impression that he would put up a fight when two young men approached him on Tuesday in central Lidköping.

Klasson was about to take out money from a cash machine when one of the hoodlums demanded the elderly gentlemen give up his wallet, while the other brandished a knife, the local Nya-Lidköpings Tidning (NLT) reported.

What Klasson's attackers didn't know was that their seemingly helpless victim was a retired professional boxer who had once been a sparring partner for Bo 'Bosse' Högberg, who held the European light-middleweight boxing title in 1966.

"I said to them, 'this isn't going to go well'," he told the Expressen newspaper.

But the two young men simply scoffed at the old man's warning, something they would soon regret.

Before the pair of cocky thugs knew what had happened, Klasson knocked the knife-wielding thief to the ground with a right hook.

"Then I laid out the other with a left jab," he told Expressen.

Both men fled the scene, still in shock at having been decked by a man who was likely more than twice their age and required assistance to get around town.

Margita Johansson of the Lidköping police praised the former boxer for his efforts.

"It was well done. One does have the right to defend oneself," she told NLT.

For his part, Klasson summed up the incident thusly:

"They came after the wrong guy," he told Expressen.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

16:43 February 24, 2011 by Swedesmith
Way to go Rolf!
16:44 February 24, 2011 by UScitizen
This is the kind of story we need to see more often.
17:16 February 24, 2011 by MyOpinion
Brilliant! More please :-)
17:32 February 24, 2011 by big5
Funny comment on the net: Ett utelämnat signalement är också ett signalement.
20:43 February 24, 2011 by Bostonexpat
With the quirky justice system, I just hope Rolf isn't charged with anything--good job Rolf!
21:13 February 24, 2011 by kenny8076
I agree BOSTON...... i bet if he was 40 years younger and this happened the "victim" would be looking at some charges. But since its a great Cinderella story for the ol' man its OK...... whatever
22:42 February 24, 2011 by Da Goat
This is the best story (news) all year,

immediate justice, yeah hope the no balls attackers don't suddenly grow some and have him up for assault, as the back to front system in Sweden will probably find against the old codger!
23:43 February 24, 2011 by star10
Well done. I should learn some boxing before I get old.
05:48 February 25, 2011 by UScitizen
If they catch those two guys, their punishment should be putting them on TV with the old man beside them so the entire nation could laugh at them. Can't you just picture the old man looking over and shaking his fist at them?
08:16 February 25, 2011 by Rick Methven
@UScitizen

Less of the old man, he was only 62 younger than me and from some of your posts, not much older than you!!!
09:08 February 25, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
well done!!
11:31 February 25, 2011 by Jimmy
How dare this man use violence and not just hit these youngsters but PUNCH them. He should be held accountable
13:15 February 25, 2011 by Tusker
@ Jimmy ÿoungsters"is such a cute term, added no doubt to endear them to us all. These were malicious knife wielding thugs who deserved everything, in fact more, than they got.

Stick your political correctness where the sun doesn't shine
01:10 February 28, 2011 by jimmyjames
Frankly, seriously and in all honesty I am truely surprised that the old man wasn't charged with some type of crime. Notice how the chief cop made sure to say people still had the right to self-defense in Sweden. It is sad and patheric to say but I'll bet you several cops CLOSELY examined the circumstances to make sure they couldn't charge the old man with some crime...........Excessive Force, Child/Teenage Abuse, Refusal to Give your Money to the Socially Deprived....or some other moronic law.
20:02 March 4, 2011 by munched
Everybody calm down.. The two "Thugs" haven't charged Rolf with assault yet and if they do, Rolf will swing and pay them damages. That's my experience of the Swedish legal system. (Plus i was sentenced to two months as well.) The court expects you to run away but at my age, 55, how far am I going to out-run two 18 year olds? 30 meters if that? And i would be so exhausted I couldn't possibly defend myself. My only chance as I saw it was to make a stand. I dropped them. They, (both Swedish), ran to the police and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today's headlines
Swimrun
Record win at Sweden's tough island race
Photo: Jakob Edholm/ÖTILLÖ14

Record win at Sweden's tough island race

Two Swedes crushed last year's course record at the Swimrun world championship in Stockholm's archipelago on Monday. READ  

Sweden reveals Academy Award submission
Swedish director Ruben Östlund on set. Photo. TT

Sweden reveals Academy Award submission

The movie set to represent Sweden at the 2015 Academy Awards was revealed on Monday, a film that has already won awards abroad. READ  

Amphetamines
Hidden forest drug stash leads to prosecution

Hidden forest drug stash leads to prosecution

A 53-year-old man has been prosecuted after police in western Sweden made one of their largest drug seizures in the area. READ  

Man shot dead in hunting accident
Photo: Hunter Desportes/Flickr

Man shot dead in hunting accident

UPDATED: Police in northern Sweden say a man was killed on Monday morning after what they described as a "hunting accident". READ  

Pirate Bay Swede's trial set for final stage

Pirate Bay Swede's trial set for final stage

The mother of Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has told The Local about her son's "suffering" in jail ahead of the final stages of his trial. READ  

Suspected Ebola case ruled out in Sweden
Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Suspected Ebola case ruled out in Sweden

UPDATED: Officials at a Stockholm hospital reported that they had found a suspected case of the Ebola virus on Sunday night. But the case was dismissed on Monday. READ  

Murderer on the loose after breakout

Murderer on the loose after breakout

A 34-year-old man who killed a child is on the run after he broke out of a psychiatric ward in central Sweden. READ  

Skåne floods
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
A Malmö bus under water. Photo: Stig Åke Jönsson/TT

Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods

Flood waters subsided in the southern Sweden region of Skåne on Monday, after flash flooding saw chaos on roads and trains at the weekend. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto

UPDATED: Leaders of the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats have announced their complete list of election promises in Stockholm's Nacka. READ  

Zlatan scores hat trick in PSG thrashing
Photo: AP

Zlatan scores hat trick in PSG thrashing

Champions Paris Saint-Germain thumped Saint-Etienne 5-0 as Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Bastia. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Politics
How immigration became a key election issue
Society
Brit's life in Sweden becomes BBC radio show
Gallery
People-watching August 27
Gallery
Top ten false friends in Swedish
Blog updates

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 

25 August

The Dollar Store (Blogweiser) »

"A dollar store in Sweden. Blog post: http://t.co/tNuuvcP1q0 #USD #greenbacks #sweden #sverige pic.twitter.com/RHFAYf7U1k — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 23, 2014 There’s a chain here in Sweden called The DollarStore. This name always stood out to me in a country where they don’t use dollars. I went there for the first time this weekend. They actually accepted greenbacks..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Society
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Politics
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
National
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
Society
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
National
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Gallery
People-watching August 22-24
National
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
National
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Gallery
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Gallery
See the destruction from the southern Sweden floods
Politics
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Society
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

754
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se