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Daytona woman, 64, holds suspect in yard at gunpoint - News

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 22-year-old car theft suspect tried to elude police Tuesday morning, but was stopped in his tracks when he was confronted by a gun-toting 64-year-old woman.

"I was not going to let him go," said Karen Granville, who lives on Redwood Street. "I just held my gun in my right hand until the police arrested him."

Granville helped authorities nab Roderick Willis after he led them on a short chase. He was suspected of driving a stolen vehicle, authorities said.

Daytona Beach police were looking for a stolen vehicle about 3 a.m. Tuesday when a Volusia County sheriff's deputy spotted an orange Dodge Charger traveling west on Sixth Street. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but a chase quickly ensued, according to a report from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

A sheriff's helicopter tracked the suspect to Redwood Street, where deputies say Willis ditched the vehicle in the driveway in front of Granville's home.

Granville said she was up late because her cat had rousted her. She was watching the movie Rio Bravo when she heard a sheriff's helicopter hovering above her house.

Moments later, she said she saw Willis run into her backyard and try to scale her fence. Granville grabbed her .38 Special revolver and followed him.

"My adrenaline was just flowing at 100 mph," she said. "I just said, 'Stop right there (expletive), or you're going to be dead where you stand."
 

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The gun in her hand looks like a S & W Model 36.
 

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"My adrenaline was just flowing at 100 mph," she said. "I just said, 'Stop right there (expletive), or you're going to be dead where you stand."
Dang! She's got the stuff to be "Dirty Harriet"!

Look out, Clint Eastwood!
 
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She said "John Wayne" is her hero, probably learned how to stop a BG watching his movies, hats off to Granny :)
 

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Someone give that lady a medal.
 

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My kinda gal.
 

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I wouldn't call her granny she might set her sights on me! Plus I'm over 60 myself!
 

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That sounds like my great-aunt, she didn't slow down until her mid-70's. At that point she didn't venture outside as much, and had since stopped driving.
 

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Sounds like something my grandmother would have done! It makes me proud to own her 1960's era Mossberg .22 semiauto!
 

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The stupid reporter just stands there watching her wave a loaded .38 (m85?) all around.
What was the "stupid reporter" supposed to do? Am I missing something?
 
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