NAUGATUCK, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – Police in Naugatuck say an attempted robbery was foiled by the victim, a 74-year-old retired police officer, who recognized that the robber’s gun was a fake.

The robbery attempt was reported Tuesday at a park in Naugatuck. The former officer told police that a man grabbed him from behind, demanded money and displayed what the man believed to be a toy gun. He said he tried to knock the fake gun from the man’s hand using an umbrella before the man took off.

Police say the victim provided a detailed description and a suspect was arrested later in the day. The suspect faces charges of robbery, possession of a facsimile handgun and breach of peace.

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