- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

An attempted robbery in Fort Worth, Texas, was thwarted when a gun-toting grandmother told her would-be assailant to “back off or I’ll blow your head off.”

Jewell Turner, a 74-year-old widow, was accosted while sitting in her minivan Monday by a man who initially asked for directions, but then stuck a knife to her throat and demanded the contents of her purse, a local NBC affiliate reported.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to hurt you, but I want your money. And I will hurt you if I have to,’” Ms. Turner told the station. She only had $1.62 in change on her at the time.

Ms. Turner considered defending herself with an old knife that belonged to her husband, but opted for her pistol instead.

“I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I told him, I said, ‘You back off, or I’ll blow your head off.’ And his eyes got big and he just backed up and he took off walking down the street like nothing happened,” she told the station.

Ms. Turner said the experience has left her a changed woman.

“This let me know there is a dark side. I noticed there was a dark side in me, too because when I first pulled that gun on him I actually wanted to shoot him. But I stopped and thought about it,” she told the station. “I just hope they find him before he hurts somebody — or somebody hurts him.”

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