Woman fights off armed robbers with mangoes
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -- An 80-year-old woman armed herself with mangoes do defend her family store from armed robbers on Friday afternoon.
When robbery suspects went for the cash register at the Continental Market, an elderly woman went for a box of mangoes. When she saw a gun, she started launching the fruit at the suspects.
When the suspects fled, she followed them. Video shows one of the suspects hitting the woman on the head with a gun.
“I saw my mother-in-law come out and scream and I saw two guys running down. So I thought they stole a pocket book so I started following them,” said Manuel Nogueira, the store’s owner.
New Bedford police said the men took $400 or $500 from the cash register.
Surveillance video shows that a clerk was shown a handgun as one of the suspects went for the cash register’s drawer. Then the store owner’s mother-in-law went to the counter and launched mangoes at the suspects.
“She has a lot of courage you know. A lot of courage,” said Nogueira.
She isn’t the only one -- owner Manuel Nogueira said he followed the men who fled from his market for two blocks. Then he said he managed to pin one down on the sidewalk.
“One of the friends comes and helped me hold the guy,” said Nogueira.
Both suspects were arrested by police who said they also found the gun seen in the video. Police said the weapon cut and bruised the woman’s head, but it didn’t seem to keep her from fighting back.
The woman said she got off about five shots with the mangoes before she was hit in the head. 7News spoke with her on Saturday and she said she was recovering and will be back on her feet on Sunday.