Grand Junction Grandma Fights Off Robber

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

A Grand Junction grandma was held up at gunpoint outside of Two Rivers Convention Center Friday morning but she fought off the suspect and police are trying to track him down.

It happened just after 10:30am. Police say a man tried to take the woman's puirse while she was walking into the Two Rivers Convention Center.

11 News Reporter Jessica Zartler spoke exclusivley with that grandma who says she didn't think twice before she refused to give up the goods.

"He pulled out his gun and cocked it and said I'm going to shoot you," Deanna Morrison told 11 News on Friday.

Morrison says she wasn't scared to look down the barrel of a handgun.

"I took my purse it was over my shoulder and I said you're not getting my purse."

Sshe says a man followed her from the parking lot and tried to rob her but she stood her ground.

"So then he grabbed for my purse and with that I was kind of pushing back and he threw me on the ground."

The 5'3, 66–year–old says she clutched her purse even tighter and the man ran off.

"I was upset after it was over and I thought, dear God, I could have been shot."

She wasn't hurt and suffered only a tear in her pant leg and when it was over, she went inside the convention center and called police.

"Worse things could have happened," said Morrison.

She gave a description of the man to police and gave them a cheek swab for DNA evidence.

Police also took a swab from her purse incase any evidence was left behind.

"I truly hope that he's caught."

The grandmother of three says she's glad she was on her guard and hopes other women will pay close attention when they're by themselves.

"I'm always observant, looking around."

But Even though she's always alert, Morrison never thought she'd come face to face with a gun on the streets of Grand Junction.

"It's too bad the world has come to this."

Deanna Morrison says she's thinking of taking a self–defense class and might even start carrying a gun.

Police were still looking for Morrison's attacker Friday night.

Investigators say the man is Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, 5'8 to 5'9. They say he has short black hair, wearing a black t–shirt with khaki shorts and a patch of hair under his lip known as a "soul patch."

officers believe he may have got away in an 80's Tan Ford Taurus.

If you have any information call Crimestoppers at 241–STOP or the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707.


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