Good: Great-Grandmother Uses Gasoline to Fight Off Purse Snatcher

Good: Great-Grandmother Uses Gasoline to Fight Off Purse Snatcher

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    Good: Great-Grandmother Uses Gasoline to Fight Off Purse Snatcher

    SANTA FE, N.M. An 83-year-old great-grandmother thwarted a would-be purse snatcher with a gas nozzle and an iron grip.

    Bernie Garcia said a young man approached her at a gas station as she was buying fuel for her van and asked for money. When she told him she had spent all her spare change on gas, he tried to grab her purse.

    "But I had it wrapped around my wrist twice," Garcia said, and he was unable to pull it away.

    She fought back, spraying his shirt with some gasoline. Both of them kept hold of the purse, and he pulled her to the ground and dragged her a short distance until another man confronted him.

    The second man demanded, "Turn her loose, you something something," Garcia said.

    The would-be mugger jumped into a nearby vehicle and fled. But a witness got the license plate number, and minutes later, police stopped the car. It had been reported stolen from Espanola, said Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Aric Wheeler.

    Garcia and a witness identified one of the men inside as the attacker. He and two other men in the car were charged with robbery and conspiracy.

    "They got caught and I'm so glad," Garcia said.

    She said she felt fine after the attack, and police say she declined medical attention at the scene. But when she got home, she said, she felt faint and went to bed and woke up Thursday very sore. Her son, a former firefighter, checked her out and found no broken bones.

    "My son said, `Why didn't you just give (the purse) up?"' Garcia said. "`Hell no,' I told him. That was my purse. I was fighting for what was mine."
    I wonder if she had any tactical training.
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    Good on Granny! It's weird this came up, I was thinking through the same scenario while fueling up one morning this week around 0500. I thought a good dousing from the business end of the nozzle and tossing my trusty Zippo hoping the vapors would ignite would give me enough time to create some distance (even if the vapors don't light, the smell can be overwhelming).
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    good for gramma and the helpful bystander. lucky for bg granny
    didn"t have a match.
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    This just in...

    Granny 2 (she's awarded an extra point for guts...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Garcia
    My son said, `Why didn't you just give (the purse) up?' Garcia said. 'Hell no', I told him. 'That was my purse. I was fighting for what was mine'.
    Way To Go Granny!
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    Granny should have aimed for the face.

    Good job either way!
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    +1 on the extra score for guts, RETSUPT...
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    Just hope I'm that fiesty and quick witted when I hit my 80's!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    This just in...

    Granny 2 (she's awarded an extra point for guts...)

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    Hey -- you're short-changing Granny. She needs points for the two other guys in the car that were arrested.
    He and two other men in the car were charged with robbery and conspiracy.
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