Robber Stopped By 83-Year-Old Woman With Boiling Water (Video)

If a robber thought the home of an elderly Houston woman was going to be an easy house to rob, he was sorely mistaken.

According to KTRK-TV13 in Houston, when confronted with a robber on Sunday, July 6, 83-year-old Lillie McClendon at first tried to talk to the man. Then she took another approach — boiling water.

“Lillie say she’d just showered and put a load of wash in when she saw a quilt on the floor, other things out of place and a window wide open.

“‘I couldn’t see his face, just his eyes like that. All he was asking about was, “Where’s that money at? Where’s that money at?”‘ she said.

“The 83-year-old, who had just celebrated her birthday with family on Independence Day, had words for the man coming at her.

“‘I told him, I said, “What kind of momma you got that raised you up like this? You oughta be ashamed of yourself,” said Lillie.

“She wasn’t going to take it and fought him off.

“‘Oh shoot yeah. I got a stick and tried to hit him,’ she said. ‘I had sausage on the stove. I put hot water on him.'”

The robber got away. But the Houston ABC affiliate said he likely has at least “minor injuries” from the boiling water McClendon threw on him.

As for how she is doing, McClendon is well, but the station reported that her daughter Anita is still frightened by her mother’s early morning encounter with a robber.


“It was the neighbor’s number. They said my mom’s house had been broken into. That just made me shake. It was about 6:30 and I still can’t shake it off.”

Incidents of robbery similar to McClendon’s are not uncommon. Just last month, WCVB-TV 5 in Boston reported on the robbery of another 83-year-old woman in Revere, Mass., who was assaulted by two females as they attempted to steal her wallet at a convenience store in the city. The station reported that the two women responsible for that robbery and injury to the elderly victim’s shoulder were charged with unarmed robbery on a person over 60, unarmed assault to rob, and assault and battery on a person over 60 with injury.

While it is unknown at this point who the assailant is in the Houston robbery case, it is not unheard of for those convicted of robberies to get hefty sentences, especially if they have a large rap sheet. Just ask Raymond Lewis Perry, who The Inquisitr reported is serving more than 90 years in prison for a series of robberies he was convicted of in 2011 at the age of 19.

[Image via Screenshot/KTRK-TV 13 Houston]