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Margaretta Wolf stands up to knife-wielding robber

4:45 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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By Donovan Hill

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WAOW/CNN) - A 96-year-old woman with nerves of steel prevented her mom-and-pop grocery store from being robbed.

Police say the would-be robber may have thought the woman was an easy target when he entered the woman's grocery store in Marshfield, Wis. But she put up a fight he never expected.

"I said you can have all the tootsie rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register," said Margaretta Wolf.

When Wolf stood her ground, she says the would-be robber placed a pocketknife on the counter and flashed its three-inch blade.

"I said I'll press a button and I'll have somebody here in seconds," said Wolf.

Wolf says the man got frustrated. He looked around and noticed a security camera flashing a red light in the corner. She says that's when he grabbed his knife and ran out the door.

"In this instance, certainly again while not recommended with what took place, we're just very, very happy Marge was not injured," said Lt. Darren Larsen with the Marshfield Police Department.

"What do I say to him? I say, I think you got some punishments coming, and it will be a little bit more than scrubbing the floor," said Wolf.

Wolf has run the store for 50 years. She says she stood her ground on Monday for a simple reason: the money was hers.


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