A woman held up at knifepoint fights her attacker back after she said she was fed up with a rash of local crime.
Kim Desfosses of Union Township was held up on December 7 as she was leaving her job at the Cherry Grove Kroger on Beechmont avenue. She said a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt approached her and asked if she wanted to buy an iPod.
"I said 'No, and I don't think you should be peddling your goods either,'" said Desfosses. "Then he said, 'Just give me your money,' and then he pulled out a little bitty knife, but it was still a knife."
Desfosses told Local 12's Adam Clements the two began to scuffle and when the man started to reach for her purse, she fought back.
"I don't know where it came from, but I thought, 'Get him back. Scratch him. Go for his eyes,'" she said.
She said the altercation did not last long, but he did get away with her purse. She lost credit cards, a small amount of cash, and her brand new camera.
Union Township authorities said the robbery is one of many recent robberies, although the previous robberies that have taken place in the parking lot are not connected to Desfosses'. They said the circumstances and description of the suspects are completely different.
Desfosses said she's on high alert for now, but she's earned a nickname from her grandchildren since the incident: Kung Fu Grandma.
If you any information that could help authorities identify the suspect, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040. You can text "CINTIP" to "CRIMES," or 274637. You will always remain anonymous. You can also submit your tip online at http://crime-stoppers.us/.