Crime

Gun-Toting Grandma Shoots Man Who Tried To Rob Her

| by Nik Bonopartis
Michael BontaitesMichael Bontaites

Michael Bontaites picked the wrong target.

The 23-year-old New Hampshire man was recovering in Manchester's Elliot Hospital after allegedly trying to rob a 65-year-old grandmother who had a concealed carry permit and a handgun.

The victim told CBS affiliate WBZ that she was driving home from work at 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 when she stopped at a gas station. When she pulled out, she noticed a car following close behind her, and when she made the turn into her apartment building's parking lot, the driver made the same turn.

The grandmother said she tried parking as close to the building entrance as possible, but the sedan following her parked nearby, and Bontaites managed to cut her off. Cops said the grandmother stands at 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 105 pounds. Bontaites is a foot taller and almost twice his intended victim's weight.

"Ten feet from the front stairs," the woman, who asked not to be identified, told WMUR. "That's when he caught up to me, and he came around me and stood right in front of me. Right in my face."

Bontiates yelled at the grandmother and reached out.

"Then when I saw him reach his left arm out to try and grab me, that's when I pulled the gun out and I shot him," the woman said.

She stopped Bontiates with a single round to the chest. The would-be robber collapsed and cried out in pain, and the grandmother told WMUR she ran inside the building to call 911.

A woman who was with Bontaites got out of the sedan, grabbed Bontaites, and drove him to Elliot Hospital. Cops who arrived a few minutes later were ready to search for Bontaites after interviewing the grandmother, but another officer spotted the wounded man being helped into the hospital's emergency room.

Bontaites was expected to recover. He was still in the hospital when police charged him with felony attempted robbery. Typically, when suspects are hospitalized, authorities post guards in the hospital and transport them to jail after doctors clear them to go.

The woman told WBZ she had a valid concealed carry permit for a decade, and said while she's happy she was able to defend herself, she didn't like having to shoot Bontaites.

“I’m not happy about it,”  she said. “Hope I never have to do it again, you know. But if I was in a situation like that I would imagine I would do it again.”

Sources: WMUR, WBZ, Boston Herald / Photo source:Union-Leader