Nebraska Woman, 76, Puts Up Her Dukes and Fends Off 17-Year-Old Would-Be Car Robber
LINCOLN, Neb.*Nov 29, 2005 —*Pick on someone your own age. Maybe the 17-year-old Omaha girl will remember that the next time she decides to tangle with a feisty churchgoer. After church on Sunday, Pearl Fritts, 76, decided to drive and visit her mom at a nursing home.
When Fritts arrived, she told police, she pulled up behind the home to drop off some recyclables. As she removed the articles, she heard someone behind her ask whether she wanted help. No, Fritts said.
That's when she got clobbered.
"She just slammed my head against that bin," Fritts said. "I was so shocked."
So shocked and now angered that she whipped around and put up her dukes.
"I think she was surprised that a little old, gray-haired lady with glasses would come around swinging," Fritts said.
Why'd you do that, she asked the girl, who replied that she wanted Fritts' car.
The teenager was taller, Fritts said, but couldn't weigh more than 100 pounds.
Soon the girl realized Fritts wasn't about to give up the car, so she ran.
Fritts drove home and a neighbor gave her a ride to a hospital for some treatment.
After Fritts' report to the police, the girl was found and picked up at a nearby restaurant.
A Lincoln police spokeswoman said the girl was looking for a way back home to Omaha after running away from a Lincoln treatment center.
Fritts acknowledged that her feisty reaction might not have very smart.
"If this never happens again it will be too soon," she said.