Fort Worth gun-toting grandma, Jewell Turner, gave her would-be robber more than he bargained for when she whipped a gun from her purse and threatened to blow his head off.
The 74-year-old was sitting in her minivan outside her doctor’s office on Monday when a young man tapped on her window asking for directions. She told NBC DFW she never expected what would happen after she rolled down her window to offer help.
“He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him. Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat.”
Turner’s instincts took over when she heard the words, “I don’t want to hurt you, but I want your money. And I will hurt you if I have to.” Her initial thought was to grab her late husband’s pocket knife that she always keeps with her. However, she recalled that something had prompted her to bring along additional protection that day. Much to her attacker’s surprise, she was packing a pistol and wasn’t afraid to use it.
“I seen the gun laying there. And I figured that would work better than the knife. I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I told him, I said, ‘You back off, or I’ll blow your head off.’ And his eyes got big and he just backed up and he took off walking down the street like nothing happened.”
Turner said the traumatic event was “devastating.” She is disheartened by the fact that her kindness was taken advantage of, and she wonders if she will still be able to see the good in people. It also introduced her to a side of herself she didn’t know existed. Luckily for the man who tried to make her his victim, she remained in complete control of her own newly discovered “dark side.”
“This let me know there is a dark side. I noticed there was a dark side in me, too. Because when I first pulled that gun on him I actually wanted to shoot him. But I stopped and thought about it.”
The gun-toting grandma hopes her would-be attacker is caught “before he hurts somebody or somebody hurts him.” She describes him as a white man, about 25-years-old or younger, with a pale complexion and sandy-blonde hair. He was wearing a camouflage jacket and a dark-colored hat. Turner has been showered with supportive comments for her fast thinking and bravery on the news station’s Facebook page.
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