(SAN FRANCISCO) — A San Francisco man said he saw his life flash before his eyes during a terrifying fight with an armed home invader in his garage — grabbing the suspect’s gun and slapping away his knife in an incident captured on stunning video footage.
Bill Oxidean, a father of two, was in his garage when he says he was attacked by a man with a gun last Monday, he told ABC News on Monday.
“Suddenly I saw a guy walking up the street that didn’t look good at all,” Oxidean, 41, told ABC News. “As I brought my trash can in he ran into the garage and attacked me.”
The entire encounter was caught on video, beginning when the suspect, dressed in a gray hoodie, ran up behind Oxidean. The video was released by the San Francisco Police Department.
“He came in big and bold, full force,” Oxidean said. Oxidean said the suspect was a stranger.
The fight moved across the garage, and Oxidean was eventually able to get his attacker on the ground. Oxidean said he also slapped a knife away from the suspect during the struggle.
Oxidean said he then got on top of the suspect, grabbed the gun and ran from the garage.
The victim said it was “hard work and determination” that allowed him to get the gun.
“I fought that guy down,” he said. “I turned around and tried to shoot him with it, but the gun was jammed.”
Oxidean suffered minor injuries, but said he “saw my life flash before my eyes” during the attack. “It was a movie I didn’t want to star in.”
The suspect, who remained at large as of Monday, fled the scene on foot, Officer Grace Gatpandan of the San Francisco Police Department told ABC News.
A gun and knife were taken from the scene, Gatpandan said.
The suspect is described as between 23- and 27 years old, about 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds, Gatpandan said. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD.
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