Blind Oklahoma Veteran Gets The Better Of His Attacker

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 5:20 pm
By: News 9

An Oklahoma City man is in jail Wednesday night, accused of attacking a blind veteran, but it is what the blind man did right  before police arrived on scene that makes the story all the more incredible.

Gordan Besaw says he was walking down Northwest 23rd St. near MacArthur, with his seeing-eye dog Tuesday morning. He was on his way to the bus stop, when he was approached by a strange man.

"This guy came up to me and said ‘Are you blind?,'" recalls Besaw. "And I said ‘Yes,' and he said ‘I can make you see if you take off those glasses before you see God.'"

Besaw says, even though his German Shepard was right there, the man punched him in the forehead.

"He said ‘See, take your glasses off,'" said Besaw. "And he hit me in the head again. And I said ‘Man, this is not going to end well for you.'"

Besaw says he dropped the dog's harness and proceeded to put his attacker in a headlock. You see Besaw may be blind, but he's also former military and used to be in the Special Forces.

"I hip tossed him, went to the ground and choked him until the cops came."

Witnesses had no idea Besaw was blind until officers arrived and arrested 27-year-old Christopher Andrew. Besaw says he does not know if his attacker was mentally ill or on drugs.

"I wanted to save that guy from being hurt," Besaw said.

He could have sicced his dog on him, but he didn't, and instead, can walk tall knowing he was able to protect himself and others.

"I hope that after what happened yesterday, that he gets help, you know? Because he definitely needs it," Besaw said.

And Besaw has this to say to everybody out there: "Never underestimate anybody."  

Besaw says he is feeling a little sore today, but did not suffer any major injuries.