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Woman Who Fought Robbers to Keep Purse Speaks Out

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The would-be robber had the victim by the throat but she knew what he wanted and wouldn't give it up. 

She was just trying to get to work this morning, when two thugs thought the sixty something year old woman would be an easy target.  Boy were they wrong.  This story will make you angry.

The men attacked her Wednesday morning around 7:30.  The woman walked downtown where Sixth Street crossed Walnut and turned onto Ruth Lyons Lane.  That's where the assault happened.

Somewhere along that route, two men in hoods that hid their faces picked her out to rob.  A grandma, this should be easy right? 

The video tells a different story. 

Local 12 first showed the video of the attack at noon and now you can see it and hear her story.

Walking to work, almost there, the woman who asked us not to use her name doesn't notice the punks who are following her.  The one in the red hoodie is sort of the lookout.  The thug in the black hoodie gets violent. 

The person came up behind me grabbed my throat.  I was not able to yell and tried to wrestle the purse.  I have a shoulder bag on the right and the strap comes from the left shoulder.

She knew what the assault was all about, her purse.  She made a decision that was not going to happen.

I knew he wanted the purse, I wasn't going to let it go.

Police say if its about things, give it up.  But she said, I want my purse in the end.

After being yanked backwards to the ground, the victim won.  They ran off and she went to work with a sore neck and her purse. 

The victim said when she turned onto Ruth Lyons Alley she was almost at work, she let her guard down.  The thugs moved in, the two suspects waiting for someone to walking alone down the alley.  A defenseless older woman, an easy target for them purse on her shoulder, so they thought.

Many people were there to help, afterwards.  Some of them may have seen the would-be robbers casing downtown workers looking for a victim. 

If you remember seeing the men Wednesday morning call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

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