An 89-year-old store owner in Washington state refused to open her cash register when she was robbed by a masked man wielding a sword. Instead, she grabbed the first weapon she could find and started swinging.
USA Today reports that Miyo Koba was inside Frank’s Superette in Moses Lake, Washington, on Sunday morning when a man wearing a ski mask and dark glasses stormed in.
Koba has owned the business for 60 years. She said she found the man standing behind the cash register on Sunday.
"I had the scissors in my hand like this, and he was trying to open the till, and he said, 'Open the till!'" Koba told KREM-TV/Spokane. "I said, 'No, I'm not going to open the till for you,' and I said, 'If you don't get your hands off the till, I'm going to stab you with my scissors.'"
Koba said the man got upset when she refused to open the register.
“He started pounding on the register trying to open it because I wouldn’t do it for him,” said Koba. “He pulled out his little sword out of his little jacket, and he just kind of waved it a little bit.”
Police say the intruder was armed with a 3-foot-long sword.
Koba said the man pushed her slightly to get away.
She says she fell down, sat back up and grabbed a golf club that was nearby.
Koba attempted to hit the robber’s head, but could not reach, so she says the next best option was to hit the attacker in his legs.
Koba was not hurt, but the man rode away on a BMX bike with the cash register, KREM-TV reported. The suspect removed his clothes for some reason after he left the store.
“He must have been running around in his underwear and no shoes because that's what they said, they found all his clothes,” said Koba.
The cash register was recovered, but police were still searching for the man on Tuesday.