Sidney Tyson said he used his cane to fight back against the group of five or six robbers around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday near South Shore Drive and 75th Street, but they were able to knock him to the ground and take his cellphone and $5 bus pass, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.
Tyson said one of the robbers returned after a few minutes and gave him the cellphone and bus pass.
"I thought they were coming back to jump on me again," he said. "I thought maybe they came back with some weapons and they were going to shoot me this time."
Police said they arrested three suspects a short time later when the same group allegedly attacked a 45-year-old man about a block away from the original attack.