Elderly woman uses cane to fight off knife-wielding robber

Elderly woman uses cane to fight off knife-wielding robber

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - A 75-year-old woman was robbed at knife point in front of her 7th Ward home Tuesday (June 11), according to the New Orleans Police Department.

The victim requested to stay anonymous, but described the attack to FOX 8.

“He said give me your purse,” she said. “I had a small purse cross body. He said it about, during the confrontation, he said it about five times. Give me your purse.”

The woman said she was getting packages out of her car in the 2400 block of Lapeyrouse Street when a juvenile approached her.

“He wasn’t as tall as I am, and I’m 4’11, so I guess he was maybe 4’6,” the victim explained.

As a retired teacher, she said her first instinct was to talk him.

“And I said, 'Oh, you really need to think about what you’re doing. You don’t want to do this,’” she recalled telling the juvenile.

Then she said, she noticed a small knife.

“Flashing in my head was that, well he may start swinging with this knife, and he’s going to do some damage, so at that point, I just hit him," she said.

The woman said the juvenile suspect then ran off towards Galvez Street.

“I hear and see this on television all the time, and before this incident happened, I was saying to myself ‘I’m glad I live on this block,'" she said.

Lapeyrouse Street is in the First District, which includes the Treme and Mid-City areas. According to police crime mapping data for the district, armed robbery is down 16 percent, compared to the same time last year.

This month, the city started a curfews for teens age 16 years and younger. The summertime curfew is not new, but Mayor Latoya Cantrell said it will be more strictly enforced this year than in the past, as a response to an increase in juvenile crime.

“Our officers are looking for individuals, regardless, who are not abiding by the laws. They’re not going to be aggressively going after and roaming the streets looking for juveniles,” Cantrell said.

In this case, the victim said the curfew wouldn’t have helped her because she said the incident happened in the afternoon. However, she did not report the attack to police until Tuesday night because she had doctor appointments.

On Wednesday, the woman laughed thinking about the whole ordeal.

“I’m glad I’m standing here to laugh about it," she said. "It could have, if he had, had a gun, it could have been really as we say a horse with a different color.″

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