- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 18, 2013

A grandmother in Fort Wayne, Ind., warded off three home intruders on Sunday after she began pummeling one of them with a Guitar Hero gaming console.

“All I thought of was, you’re getting away from my grandson,” Melinda Walker, who was babysitting her 5-year-old grandson at the time, told WANE 15 on Tuesday.

The Walkers had already been robbed twice before, losing a flat-screen TV in the last incident. This time, Ms. Walker wasn’t giving up her stuff without a fight.


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“I looked them up and down.I didn’t see a gun. The whole time one of the kids kept saying, ‘She doesn’t think we have a gun. She doesn’t think we have a gun. Take it out and clean it on her.’”

Ms. Walker said she got fed up with their bickering and took matters into her own hands with the thieves, who were clad in hoodies with the draw strings pulled tight to conceal their faces.

“This [a Guitar Hero video game controller] was laying on the floor,” she told WANE 15. “And I just reached down and picked it up and I told them to get the hell out of my house… I just kept smacking one of them.”

The suspects began to retreat backward toward the stairwell, when Walker said she “pushed the one that wouldn’t shut up down the stairs.”

She had a special message for the intruders who she said “weren’t all that big.”

“I may not be a strong woman. I may not be a well woman, but you’re not going to get my stuff,” she said on WANE 15’s Tuesday newscast.

They three suspects sped off in a champagne colored, older style sedan, the report said. The police have not arrested anyone in connection with the crime.