72 Year Old Woman Scares off Gunman with Unlikely Object - FOX 13 News

72 Year Old Woman Scares off Gunman with Unlikely Object

Posted: Updated:

With a gun held to her head the 72 year old office manager never lost her cool.

She was unarmed and unable to give the man the money he demanded, so she found the next best thing.

Arnold says: "Three times he hit me in the head with the gun and said he wanted the money."

 It's not unusual to see Cheryl Arnold behind the desk at Vista Village apartments' management office. She's worked there on and off for 20 years.

But today was a little different.

Arnold says: "This young person came in and he had a mask on his face, covering his nose and mouth and he came over to the side of the desk and said, 'I'm not kidding' and held a gun to my head."

 Arnold took advantage of a fleeting moment of confusion for the armed suspect as he paced around the room trying to unlock the safe.

Arnold says: "He pulled the drawer open and looked. And there wasn't anything in it. Then he walked around to the front of the desk and I grabbed the fire extinguisher and blasted him with it and kept shooting at it and the whole room was covered with the fire extinguisher dust and he ran out the door."

Arnold says it's no accident that the extinguisher was under her desk.

The extinguisher sales man left an extra for this exact scenario.

Arnold says: "I said I don't carry a gun, and he said 'well I have something that you can use that will be just as good. He said keep it next to your desk and if you ever need, just blast him with it because that'll do it."

But it was an unsettling scene for residents, especially Keith Calloway. He is moving in to vista village today.

Calloway says: "Well I wasn't pleased to see a whole bunch of police cars out front. Kind of was disturbing to find that this is the kind of atmosphere that I'm moving in to. It would be more the type of atmosphere that I would be moving away from or not existing in at all."

 Calloway says he hopes this is an isolated incident.  But commend Arnold on her efforts to keep the man away.

CALLOWAY says: "Kudos, great job. Great job.  Hey, somebody wants to take something for nothing. They don't deserve anything. He deserved what he got. He deserves to be in jail."

                                           

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • BREAK FROM HEAT

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:15:38 GMT

    Thursday (83/68): Sun

    Lower Humidity, Not as Hot

    Thursday is going to feature mostly sunny skies and lower humidity. There will be a pleasant NW breeze around 10 mph.  High 83. Enjoy.

     

    The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

  • Police: Thieves Posed As Cops, Stole $100K From Distribution Center

    Police: Thieves Posed As Cops, Stole $100K From Distribution Center

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:50:10 GMT
    Police are investigating a six-figure robbery at a distribution center in the city's Fishtown section. They say two thieves made their way in posing as cops.It appears the suspects knew where the place was, and knew how the operation was once they got inside.Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that police were called to the Kawa Food Distribution Center in the Fishtown section north of the city center shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.Investigators said the center was preparing to open wh...
    Police are investigating a six-figure robbery at a distribution center in the city's Fishtown section. They say two thieves made their way in posing as cops.It appears the suspects knew where the place was, and knew how the operation was once they got inside.Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that police were called to the Kawa Food Distribution Center in the Fishtown section north of the city center shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.Investigators said the center was preparing to open wh...
  • Police: Man kills wife, wounds self at New Jersey hospital

    Police: Man kills wife, wounds self at New Jersey hospital

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:46:10 GMT
    Authorities say a man shot and killed his wife, then shot himself at a New Jersey hospital around 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
    Authorities say a man shot and killed his wife, then shot himself at a New Jersey hospital around 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices