Tues. 11:30 a.m.: Woman fires weapon at would-be thief

WARREN – A Willard Avenue Southeast woman fired her personal handgun at a male who punched her in her eye and tried to rob her as she exited her garage Monday just before noon.

The 40-year-old woman received an apparent minor injury. A police report does not indicate whether the suspect, described as being tall and wearing a red shirt and tan pants, was hit by the gunfire.

The woman said she had just come home to the 700 block and pulled her car into the garage. As she exited the garage around 11:50 a.m., she was about to set her purse down when the male approached her from behind.

She pulled out her handgun, for which she has a valid concealed carry license, according to the report. “The suspect then punched her in the left eye and tried to steal her purse,” the report states.

The male ran away down the driveway, and the woman called 911. While sitting on the porch waiting for police, the male came back through the bushes. She told him to get away or she would shoot, but he continued forward, so she fired at him.

He fled through the bushes. Police were unable to locate him. The woman refused medical treatment for her eye, which was red and swollen. Nothing was stolen from her.