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Pistol-Packing Granny Stops Would-Be Robber

A grandmother in Fort Worth, Texas, shut down an attempted robbery when she pulled out her concealed firearm and frightened off her would-be assailant.

Jewell Turner, 74, was approached and asked for directions by the man, when he pulled out a knife and told her he wanted her money.

“He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him,” Turner recalled. “Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat.

"He said, ‘I don’t want to hurt you, but I want your money. And I will hurt you if I have to,’” Turner said.

But Turner didn't have much money on her, only $1.62. When the wanna-be robber demanded "what she had in her purse," she remembered that she had a gun in there. At first, Turner thought to pull out a knife she keeps with her but instead she took out her pistol. The grandmother had just put the pistol in her purse that morning.

“I seen the gun laying there. And I figured that would work better than the knife,” Turner said. “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 told NBC5 she felt taken advantage of after helping out a stranger. “This let me know there is a dark side,” Turner said. “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.”