MIDFIELD, Ala. (AP) — A 74-year-old woman who was being beaten and robbed at an Alabama shopping center was rescued by passersby who pulled the attacker out of her car and held him until authorities arrived, police said.
Brenda Stinson says she thought her life was about to end, but fought back against her attacker Wednesday by going for his “weak spot,” she told Al.com.
“I grabbed him between his legs. I grabbed him good between his legs,” she said. “That’s always been my plan because that’s a man’s weak spot, but I didn’t know it was going to come true. I know he’s going to be sore.”
Stinson said the man slammed her to the ground and punched her with a closed fist Wednesday morning after she finished grocery shopping at a Piggly Wiggly.
He was assaulting her in the parking lot when a group of people rushed to help her, Sgt. Jesse Bell told Al.com. William Daniels was passing by and came to Stinson’s rescue, fighting with the man and pinning him to the ground until police arrived.
“He was a godsend. We don’t know what he would have done had they not been there,” Bell said of Daniels.
The man was being held in jail until detectives could obtain warrants against him.
Stinson said her cheek is swollen and she’s sore, but nothing was broken. “I’m OK,” she said. “I’m hoping I’m OK.”