Elderly woman roughs up would-be robber just before 3 Marines show up


Talk about picking a dumb place to rob someone.

A pair of robbers attempted to rob a woman in her 60s at the Alderwood Mall in Lynwood, Wash. Tuesday when they got a 2 big surprises, according to KOMO News.

The first surprise is that the woman wasn’t giving up any money without a fight.

She shoved the two thugs away from her until they got frustrated and ran away however the woman wasn’t satisfied with that so she got in her car and gave chase, KOMO reported.

That’s when they got surprise number two.

The mall was located across the road from a Marine recruiting station and, upon hearing the commotion, three Marines rushed to her aid.

“We thought there was road rage involved or a fight broke loose,” Sgt. Riccardo Schebesta said.

One of the Marines caught one suspect, Diego Tavarez, 18, using an arm bar and held him until police arrived, while the other suspect managed to escape.

“She said, ‘Help me. I’m being robbed!’ Staff Sgt. Ben Shoemaker recalled. “I stopped paying attention to her. She’s not the problem.”

“It’s really what I’m trained to do,” Shoemaker added. “My job is to protect the United States Public.”

Bail was set at $25,000 for Tavarez.

h/t: IJ Review.


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