"I thought maybe they came back with some weapons and they were going to shoot me this time," Sidney Tyson told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday.
The violent confrontation happened at about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday at a South Shore bus stop. Tyson told the newspaper he was attacked from behind by five or six young men who punched him and knocked him to the ground as they grabbed his phone.
For some inexplicable reason, Tyson said the youths never went for his cash. Though outnumbered, the 63-year-old told the Chicago Tribune he was able to fight back, using his cane. The former investigator for the state's Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has used a cane since suffering a series of strokes, he told the newspaper.
"I was able to get my cane and start hitting on him," he told the newspaper in a video.
The group then ran off down the street with Tyson following behind until one of the robbers yelled they "had something" for him, according to the Chicago Tribune report. Tyson said he feared more violence.
"I thought they were coming back to jump on me again," he said.
Instead, one of the youths returned with his phone and bus pass, giving him a "wild story" that he couldn't understand.
Tyson said he's grateful for the quick response by police who, a short time later, arrested three suspects after another reported mugging, the Tribune reported.
He was taken to South Shore Hospital, where he was treated and released: “I just got a good, old-fashioned butt whuppin’," he told the newspaper.