81-year-old woman thwarts robbery at Oklahoma City dollar store

An unidentified woman slapped a robber and hit him with her purse when he threatened an Oklahoma City store clerk and demanded money.
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: August 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm •  Published: August 21, 2014

A woman witnesses told police was 81 years old took a break from shopping Tuesday to stop a robbery at an Oklahoma City dollar store.

Oklahoma City police said about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday a man walked into Family Dollar, 3321 NW 23, with his face covered and a T-shirt wrapped around his hand, saying he had a gun.

The man demanded the cashier open the register and give him all the money.

Right about that time, the older woman walked up to the man and began hitting him with her hands and purse. She said, “Oh no, you are not robbing them,” according to a police report.

The man backed down and eventually left the business after the cashier couldn’t get the register open, police said.

The woman didn’t stick around until officers arrived, saying she had other things to do.

Police did not know her identity, but were given her age by witnesses at the store.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call police at 235-7300. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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