82-Year-Old Woman Fends Off Intruder With Table, Shampoo And Broomstick

A young man who broke into an elderly woman’s home ended up in hospital after the woman beat him up.

82-year-old Willie Murphy was home alone and getting ready for bed when she heard a man banging her door. He was crying outside her door that he needed an ambulance and was sick. But Murphy didn’t believe him and called the police instead. That’s when things took a turn for the worse. She heard a loud noise and the man had broken in the door and was in her home.

What the would-be thief didn’t know – and what would end up protecting Murphy – is that she is an experienced, gold medal-winning bodybuilder. A skill that let her overpower her intruder. She told WHAM-TV, “He picked the wrong house to break into.”

Murphy said her home was dark so she hid away as the man searched her house. She then grabbed whatever she could get a hold of. First it was a table, which she picked up and smashed onto him. She hit him so hard with the table that it broke and he fell down.

“I picked up the table, and I went to work on him,” she said in an interview with the news station. “The table broke. And when he’s down, I’m jumping on him,” she described.

Next she grabbed a shampoo bottle, which she proceeded to dump on his face. Then she got a broom to hit him with. The man was still on the ground when authorities arrived.

The would-be thief was carted off to hospital and police officers were so impressed by Murphy that they asked for a photo with her.

And when she went to her local gym, the Maplewood YMCA, a few days later she was given a hero’s welcome. And for anyone wondering, Murphy says she can deadlift 225 pounds. Now that is impressive!

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