Macomb Daily     

              Friday 28 March, 2003


By Norb Franz

Macomb Daily Staff Writer


   A would-be robber got a little more than he bargained for after targeting the wrong motorist at a Warren intersection.


   Acting as if he had a handgun, the man tried to rob a 40-year-old woman.  But he wound up on the wrong end of a pistol wielded by his intended victim.


   The Warren woman told police she braked for a stop sign on Lorraine Boulevard at Dodge Avenue, when the man opened the driver’s door of her 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass.  With his hand in his right pocket, he pressed an object to her jaw that she believed was a gun.


   The culprit ordered her to give him money – but she had other thoughts.


   Clutching $6 in one hand, she began struggling with him as he again demanded her money.


   Determined not to become a robbery statistic, the woman reached with her other hand to the passenger seat for her 9mm handgun, grabbed the pistol and pointed it at his face.


   “If you’re going to shoot me then do it, ‘cause I’m definitely going to kill you,” the brave resident replied, according to police reports.


   The surprised assailant ran without getting a cent.  He is described as a black male in his mid 20s, 6 feet tall, 165 pounds, wearing a blue skull cap and baggy blue jeans.


   No shots were fired.


   Shaken by the incident, the woman waited until Tuesday to report the March 19 holdup attempt.  Reports state that she felt by the time she had regained her composure, she thought it was too late to file a complaint.  The woman eventually approached two Warren patrolmen investigating a report of a stolen automobile on her block on Packard Avenue.


   The Warren woman, whose name is not being published by The Macomb Daily, has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, police said.  Attempts by the newspaper to reach her for comment were unsuccessful.