An elderly woman is being hailed a hero after her fruit-throwing skills caused the men robbing her son-in-law’s shop to run.
On Friday, Otilia Martins was visiting her son-in-law, Manuel Nogueira’s shop, the Continental Market in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Nogueira had stepped outside when two men entered the store and pointed a gun at the cashier’s face.
Martins, who had been shopping, looked around for something to throw. That’s when she saw the mangoes and apples. The man with the gun then ran back around the counter at Martins and pistol-whipped the 80-year-old, lacerating her forehead. She did not go down though and actually appeared to be following them out of the store.
The gutsy mother began hurling the fruit at the robbers, who then fled.
Nogueira saw the men run from the store, and not realizing one had a gun, began a chase. He managed to catch one of the men two blocks away, while the other, the one with the gun, ran into a nearby apartment.
Both thieves, identified as Eduardo Torres-Lopez, 22, and Jesse DosSantos, 24, were ultimately arrested. They now face charges of armed robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a person over the age of 60.
As for Martins, a Portuguese immigrant, she refused a trip to the hospital, so paramedics treated her head wound on the scene.
Martins’ daughter told SouthCoastToday.com, “She was amazing. She said, ‘He’s lucky I didn’t have something stronger to hit him with.’”
Though the thieves robbery was cut short thanks in large part to Martins, they still managed to grab $500 from the register.