An 81-year-old widow has just gone public to recount how she fought off a mugger who tried to steal money from her as she withdrew her pension money from an ATM.
Doreen Jones was at an ATM in West Midlands, United Kingdom when she was attacked by a young woman who initially tried to beg from her. Harrowing CCTV footage shows the twice-widowed retired car factory welder fight back as the young woman tries to then steal from her.
“‘She wasn’t expecting me, I tell you. She was expecting somebody more vulnerable, and they picked the wrong one when they picked Doreen,” she recalled.
Doreen said the young woman tapped her on the shoulder and pointed to her mouth, in an apparent plea for food, and tried to hand her a piece of paper. Doreen tried to get the young woman, who police believe was pregnant at the time, to leave her alone, but she instead lunged at the elderly woman and tried to grab her bank card from the machine. Doreen, however, was not about to let the mugger steal from her.
“I thought, ‘No, you’re not having my money, I’ve worked hard for that,’” she said.
After grabbing her card, Doreen was quickly able to overpower the younger woman.
“I got her hair as well as her collar and she started screaming,” Doreen said. “I don’t know why she was screaming. I was the one who should have been screaming.”
The mugger took off running without any of Doreen’s things. Meanwhile, the elderly woman collapsed, and an ambulance was called for her. Since the incident, which happened in May, Doreen has had heart attacks and gets anxiety whenever she visits the street. Her mugger has yet to be caught.
“They just think of what they are going to get. They don’t think about what it does to the person after,” she lamented.
Police are still looking to catch the mugger who assaulted Doreen.
“She may have been pregnant at the time so she may now be heavily pregnant or may have recently had her child,” said PSI Peter Rawlins. “She may do this again. If you see her acting suspiciously by a cash machine then contact us.”
“Doreen is a tough lady and this suspect picked the wrong pensioner, but she has had heart problems since the incident,” he continued.