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STRANGE BUT TRUE: GRAN OF STEEL BATTERS THIEF.

Byline: By FIONA YOUNG

A WOULD-BE bag-snatcher was left counting his bruises after being beaten up by his 91-year-old victim.

Retired teacher Katherine Woodworth clobbered mugger Matthew Spradlin, 20, with her handbag.

He was forced to retreat under a barrage of blows and was arrested shortly after.

Katherine, from Toledo, Ohio, said: 'I didn't have my hearing aid in and I thought he said that he was going to take my pulse.

'Then he said it again that he was going to take my purse and I said, 'No, you're not'.

'I wasn't really thinking. I just hit him. I guess I've got more nerve now than when I was younger.'

Sergeant Tim Hanus said: 'I'm surprised and amused. She let him have it just hard enough to scare him off
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 12, 2005
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