Grandmother Fights Off Alleged Robber With Broom

Grandmother Fights Off Alleged Robber With Broom

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- A would-be thief was no match for a grandmother and her broom.

The elderly woman is being credited with fighting off an intruder who tried to rob her North Carolina store.

Police say the suspect entered the B&C Music and Trading Post just after 6 p.m. Thursday night.

In surveillance video, the suspect is seen asking about a couple items before he grabs his gun.

That’s when Betty Johnson, 77, grabbed a broom.

There is no sound on the recording, but Johnson says you could have heard her yelling from across the street.

"I told him I’d break the broom over him if he didn’t get out of here and leave us alone. And I said I’m calling 911,” said Johnson.

After being threatened with the broom, the armed suspect immediately turns and runs away.

“It makes me cry now to think about how stupid I was, but maybe it helped,” said Johnson.

After 57 years of marriage, Betty’s husband, Curtis, isn’t surprised by her reaction.

“She’s pretty well the boss around the house, so she’s knows how to do it. How to get it done,” said Mr. Johnson, 81.

Curtis says he’ll be armed with more than a broom if someone tries to rob them again.

“I feel like we’ve been really blessed. Because it could have been a bad thing. It could have been both of us. I can’t help but cry,” said Betty.

 

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