Houston, TX – A grandmother of five shooed an armed robber out of a jewelry store on Dec. 19 (video below).
The would-be robber fled, but not before he fired his gun three times over the elderly employee’s shoulder, KPRC-TV reported.
“When he came up to the door and I looked at him, I said, ‘We’re not open,’” said Judy Memmel, the grandmother who denied him access.
The would-be robber attempted to gain access to the store but Memmel blocked him.
“I shoved him and said, ‘No! You’re not coming in!’” she said.
Surveillance video showed the gunman arrived two hours before the store opened that day, and waited around the corner for the store to open.
He was wearing a suit and holding a briefcase when he arrived at the store.
When the employees unlocked the security gate and walked inside and disarmed the security alarm, the gunman followed seconds later.
The video showed Memmel, who has worked at Houston Jewelry for 20 years, shove the would-be robber out the door as he pointed his gun and shot at something behind her.
After pushing the gunman out the door, the video showed Memmel calmly locked the door, and walked away.
“I was mad and I wasn’t going to let him in,” Memmel told KPRC-TV. “To me, that was the thing to do: give him a shove.”
Kathye Parker, a grandmother of three who had worked at the store five years, was standing next to Memmel when it all happened.
Parker ran when she saw the weapon, the video showed.
“I was determined to hit the panic button or at least call 911,” Parker said. “After it’s over with, you kinda get jelly legs, because you realize it could have turned out a lot worse.”
Houston Jewelry has about 80 surveillance cameras that cover the story from all angles.
Several surveillance cameras caught the robber waiting, walking in shooting, being pushed away, and then driving off with another man. The getaway driver was parked nearby.
Watch granny shoo the armed robber away in the video below: