LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - When having a conversation with Gene Bowman, his hands move almost as fast as his words.
That kind of body language might have kept him from becoming a victim.
"I really think that I did the right thing," Bowman says.
It was in the parking lot outside Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock on Wednesday that Bowman says two masked men tried to pull him from his car then take off with it.
"These men grabbed me," Bowman says.
Bowman had gone to get the car to pick up his wife at the church entrance. She was coming out of choir practice.
"And, I was hollering 'Help, help, get out of here,'" Bowman says.
That's when the 75-year-old insurance salesman stopped talking and started swinging.
"When they let go of me, I swung," Bowman says.
"I think there's a possibility I might have got him. I don't know how good I got him."
Whether it was divine intervention or a devilish right hook, something sent the masked men running.
"That whole thing was probably less than 30 seconds," Bowman says.
According to Little Rock police reports, officers responded to at least two similar situations on the city's west side that same night.
In one case, a woman reported her car was stolen.
But in Gene's case, one punch wound up being the only exclamation point he needed.
"I don't think I was really afraid until after I thought about it and what could have happened," Bowman says.
Bowman says he initially thought the masked men were guys from church playing a prank on him.
Bowman also says that this experience has convinced him to obtain a conceal-carry permit.
No arrests have been made in this case, but police reports show officers are aware of a suspect vehicle, license plates and possible owner of that vehicle.
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