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Police: Man robs martial arts expert, gets beaten and shot

Anthony Miranda CBS Chicago

(CBS) CHICAGO - A convicted felon is in bad shape after a robbery gone wrong.  The man he attempted to hold up turned out to be an martial arts expert and ultimate fighter.

CBS Chicago reports that around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Anthony Miranda walked up to a car and asked the driver for a lighter. The driver said he didn't have one, and Miranda allegedly pulled a handgun and demanded money.

Police say even after the driver gave up his money, Miranda told him to get out of the car. While Miranda's attention strayed for a moment, the victim grabbed control of the gun, causing Miranda to shoot himself in the ankle.

Officers say the victim told them he is a martial arts expert and ultimate fighter. He was able to pin Miranda down until law enforcement arrived, finding the robber with cuts and bruises on his face. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

According to police, Miranda is a convicted felon. He is charged with armed robbery and aggravated discharge of a firearm. As of Sunday, he was being held on $350,000 bond, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office.

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