Store Owner, 89, Defeats Sword-Wielding Robber With Golf Club

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An 89-year-old store owner defeated a sword-wielding robber with a golf club. Sunday morning in Moses Lake, Washington, Frank’s Superette owner Miyo Koba found the robber behind the cash register in the business she had owned for 60 years.

The robber took a cash register with him before fleeing on a BMX bike, according to KREM-TV/Spokane.

Koba threatened the would-be robber with scissors.

“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,” Koba said.

And at this defiance, the robber became irritated, Koba said.

“He started pounding on the register trying to pen it because I wouldn’t do it for him,” she said. “He pulled out his little sword out of his little jacket, and he just kind of waved it a little bit.”

This “little sword” had a three-foot long blade, according to police.

But Koba said she didn’t feel threatened, but “it just probably made me a little bit more brave.”

When getting away, the robber pushed Koba and she fell down, she said.

“I fell down here and so I got into a sitting position,” Koba said. “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.”

So she hit what she could reach – his legs.

After escaping, Koba said the man apparently took off his clothes because police later found his clothes discarded.

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