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Elderly woman beats assailant with shoe

3 years ago March 06, 2012 Mar 6, 2012 Tuesday, March 06 2012 Tuesday, March 06, 2012 1:28:32 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

BAYOU BLACK, La.- A would-be assailant who tried to attack a 74-year-old Bayou Black man with a pellet gun got more than he bargained for.

The ski-mask-clad man attacked Thomas Lumbley as he was leaving his home Sunday night. As Lumbley struggled with the attacker, his wife, Clara, called 911 then rushed to her husband's defense, beating the gunman on the head with a shoe.

The suspect screamed in pain and ran away.

Before he took off, Clara Lumbley says the man grabbed her husband's car keys. His mask also fell off, but the couple did not get a good look at him.

Terrebonne sheriff's deputies say the couple was not seriously injured.

Clara Lumbley said the struggle only lasted about 10 minutes, but it "felt like a lifetime."

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