'I'll Blow Your Head Off': Gun-Toting Grandma Scares Off Would-Be Assailant

| by Lisa Fogarty

A gun-toting grandmother from Fort Worth, Texas, proved to be the wrong person to mess with after a young man attempted to rob her while she she was sitting in her vehicle on Monday.

Jewell Turner, 74, was reportedly sitting in her minivan outside of her doctor's office when a a young man approached  her to ask for directions, reports NBC 5. 

The man tapped on Turner's driver's side window and proceeded to have a conversation with her about directions. The man then reportedly pulled out a knife and held it to her throat. 

"He said, ‘I don’t want to hurt you, but I want your money. And I will hurt you if I have to,'" Turner told NBC 5.

The grandmother told him she only had $1.62 to give him. When he asked her what she had in her purse, she says she remembered she was carrying an old pocket knife that her husband had given her, but realized she had also packed something far more lethal that day -- her pistol.

"I seen the gun laying there. And I figured that would work better than the knife," Turner said. "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.”

The suspect has been described as a Caucasian man no older than 25, with sandy blonde hair and pale skin, wearing a camouflage jacket and a dark hat. Turner says the incident has affected her emotionally and that she isn't sure how she will see the good in people now. She also admitted a part of her really wanted to shoot the suspect, but that she stopped and thought about it and decided that wasn't the best thing to do.

Fort Worth is no stranger to gun-toting grannies. In 2011, Cindy Irving stopped a suspected robber dead in his tracks after she emerged from her house with a 357 six shooter and confronted the man, who was hiding in her bushes, reports Fox 4 News. The suspect surrendered and was arrested. 

Sources: NBC 5, Fox 4 News / Photo Credit: NBC 5

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