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Elderly man fights back against armed robbers

Posted at 7:03 PM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 14:05:30-04

A 91-year-old man is in good shape after he went hand-to-hand with armed men attempting to rob his business. 

Fremont Coin Company has been a staple for coin collectors in Las Vegas for 50 years. Phil Carlino, 91, currently owns the business which operates near Sahara and Boulder Highway.

"Give them a coin that they will remember for many years," Carlino said of his customers. 

But Friday night, two armed men came into the store looking for cash, not coins. 

"The door came open and two young men came in and they had weapons," Carlino said. 

One of the men held down a young female employee while pointing a gun at her. The other man went after Carlino. 

"I had to fight him because we didn't want two people to go into difficulty," Carlino said. 

The robbers took $500 and left Carlino with a large bruise on his hand. Other than that, the 91-year-old is recovering just fine. 

He also has a message for the robbers who are still on the loose. 

"This kind of thing is not going to continue," he said adding that the police will not tolerate "constant jumping all over each other." 

Officials describe the first suspect as a black male adult, 25 years old, 5-feet 8-inches tall, husky build with a mustache/goatee, and wearing a black shirt, black shorts, and black and gray shoes.

The second suspect is a black male adult, 30 years old, about 5-feet 9-inches tall, thin build with a mustache/goatee, and wearing a grey fedora hat, a grey/black/white jacket, white shirt, grey sweat pants with black pads on the knees, black shoes, and a multi-colored bag.

They fled in a '90s model Buick 4-door vehicle, faded green in color, according to police.