Store Owner, 89, Fends Off Robber With Golf Club
Robber's sword didn't faze her a bit
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2014 1:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Strange enough that a would-be robber of a small-town store in Washington state used a sword as his weapon of choice and a bicycle as his getaway vehicle. But what truly elevates the story is that the store's owner, an 89-year-old widow, just wasn't having it, reports USA Today. Miyo Koba of Moses Lake tells KREM-TV that she refused the robber's demand to open the register and instead threatened him with scissors. When he pushed her away and she fell, she spotted a golf club.

"I ... tried to swing this club at him and I tried to hit his head a couple times but I couldn't reach it,” she says. She then started bashing him in the legs, rattling him enough that he fled with the register. Or tried to anyway. It's apparently difficult to ride a bike while carrying one, not to mention a sword, and police recovered it near the scene, still full of money. (Click to read about a rowdy rodeo attendee who ended up getting lassoed, then arrested.)