An amazingly brave Indianapolis grandmother is recovering following serious facial injures she sustained when three teens tried to rob her of her van on Sunday night.
At the age of 67, Kay Kise was not about to let the little thugs steal her vehicle, after she arrived home to the 200 block of North Randolph Street at around 8 p.m. having been out doing some Christmas shopping for her grandkids and family.
She claims that three men, around the age of 16, approached her and asked her for directions, but when she gave them, one of the teens pulled a gun on her.
As Kise told FOX59, “And the next thing I know, he’s got a gun right in my face. And he’s telling me, ‘Give me the keys to that van.'”
Kise said that her instinctual reaction was to defend herself.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting my van’ and I slapped that gun to the side,” she said.
With that, Kise was hit in the side of the head by the teen and had fallen back into her van with the sliding door still open. Even though she had been struck and was disoriented, she managed to hold onto her keys.
“I wasn’t about to let no young punk take my car,” she said.
One of Kise’s neighbors, a 13-year-old boy who heard the screams, told reporters, “I looked down there, and I saw that her face was swollen and bleeding. I was scared, and I ran upstairs and was like ‘Ms. Kay is hurt mom, Ms. Kay is hurt!'”
The boy’s yelling apparently scared the suspects away, who took off running down the street.
Due to her injuries, Kise needed to spend the night at the local Eskenazi Hospital, but the incident left her with several facial fractures, bleeding on her brain and her left eye is swollen shut. She will require follow-up appointments for treatment.
Nevertheless, the brave grandmother doesn’t regret defending herself, “I know it’s just a vehicle, but it’s the only thing I’ve got,” Kise said. “And I don’t have no money to buy another one with. So they weren’t going to take it from me.”
One of the victim’s granddaughters also spoke to reporters, saying she hopes the men who carried out the attack will turn themselves into the police, “If you’re out here, and if you’re watching this. I just wanted you to think of it being your mom, or your grandma, or your aunt, or your sister. Laying up in the hospital like that,” she appealed.
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