89-year-old woman fights off sword wielding robber

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (KREM) — An 89-year-old store owner used a golf club to fight-off a robbery suspect who was armed with a sword Sunday morning in Moses Lake.

Police said the suspect entered Frank's Superette with a sword. He managed to get away with a cash register and rode-off on a BMX bike according to witnesses.

During the ordeal, the store owner said she struck the man with a golf club. Her son said she was not injured and later recovered the cash register.

The owner, Miyo Koba, had owned the business for 60 years. Koba said she found the man standing behind the cash register on Sunday.

"I had the scissors in my hand like this, and he was trying to open the till, and he said, 'Open the till!' I said, "No I'm not going to open the till for you', and I said, 'If you don't get your hands of the till, I'm gonna stab you with the scissors.' But I didn't. I didn't have the nerve to stab him," said Koba.

Koba said the man became irritated after she would not help him get money out of the register for him.

"He started pounding on the register trying to open it because I wouldn't do it for him," said Koba. "He pulled out his little sword out of his little jacket, and he just kind of waved it a little bit."

Police said the blade of the sword extended three feet. "I didn't feel threatened. It just probably made me a little bit more brave," said Koba.

Koba said the man pushed her slightly to get away. "I fell down here and so I got into a sitting position. I got into a sitting position and I found the club so I went tried to swing this club at him and I tried to hit his head a couple times but I couldn't reach it," said Koba.

Koba said she hit the man's legs. Koba said the suspect apparently took off his clothing after leaving the store. Koba said the man was tall and slender, wearing a ski mask and dark sunglasses. Police said they recovered the man's clothing later.

"He must have been running around in his underwear and no shoes because that's what they said, they found all his clothes," said Koba.

Police were still searching for the man on Tuesday. If you have any information on the suspect you are asked to call Moses Lake Police.


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