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70-year-old woman fights off 4 robbers with saucepan [Video]

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You can probably tell by now that I love stories where would-be victims get the upper hand. This is a great one!

The 70-year-old wife of a Lorain County Family Court judge meted out a little domestic justice of her own Tuesday afternoon when she fought off four robbers with her favorite saucepan.

Ellen Basinski refused to be intimidated by a man and three boys who forced their way into her house on Columbus Street and demanded money.

“One of them picked up my purse and just dumped it out,” she said Wednesday. “Now, my purse is like Fibber McGee’s closet, it’s got everything in there. I got very angry.”

Before she even gave much thought about what she should do, she grabbed an Emeril Lagasse 5-quart sauce pan.

“I picked up the saucepan and smacked him right on the head,” she said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Lady, why did you do that?’ And I hit him again.”

The robber’s friend threw a bottle of Jack Daniels at the woman, striking her on the foot. He told police he was trying to distract the woman so his friend could get away from her.

The intruders realized Basinski was no easy prey and ran. They didn’t get far. The four were quickly caught by police with the help of neighbors who told police where they ran.

Read more and watch her interview (good stuff): 70-year-old Elyria woman fights off 4 robbers with saucepan

Updated information: 70-year-old woman fights off 4 robbers with saucepan [Update]

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Written by allpositivenews

02/25/2009 at 8:55 pm

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