Grandfather, grandkids get tough in harrowing encounter

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A grandfather and his three grandchildren were playing in the front yard early Saturday evening, when the grandfather says a complete stranger approached him, saying God had sent him to take one of the kids.

The grandfather, Robert Redmon, claims he resisted the man, but the stranger kicked him in the side of his leg, jumped on his back, and started choking him.  That’s when Redmon says his grandchildren began attacking the man.

According to Redmon, he was able to get loose from the stranger, and was able to grab his gun.  He says he told the man to leave, and when he wouldn’t, Redmon shot him in the leg.

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"I’ve been shook up by it, my wife is tore up about it. It’s a couple days later, we’re still talking about it. [You] just don’t expect it. It’s a nice neighborhood. Never had a problem in 16 years, [then in] broad daylight, in the front yard, someone decides they want to take one of your grandkids."

Redmon says his grandkids are in karate, and is thankful for their smart judgment.

Their advice:

"If you’re in karate class and someone tries to steal you, kick them or chop them," says Teddy Redmon, 7-year-old.

"If you’re in karate and self defense, use it because someone might be in danger," says Robert Jr., 9-year-old.

The man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and was released.

Police say detectives are taking the information to the Franklin County Commonwealth Attorney’s office to determine if there will be any charges filed.