Miyo Koba has grit, guts and a pretty good sense of humor.
The fearless 89-year-old store owner teed off on a sword-wielding crook earlier this week, using a golf club to clobber the man who mistook her shop as an easy target. Following the showdown at Frank’s Superette in Moses Lake, Washington, the elderly woman couldn’t help but revel in the whole ordeal with a local news station.
“It’s like a comedy, isn’t it?” Koba told KREM-TV.
The unlikely clash began when the bespeckled shopkeeper caught the bandit behind the cash register at her store, which she has owned for 60 years. After struggling to pop open the till, the robber, wearing a ski mask and dark sunglasses, demanded that she do it for him.
But Koba wasn’t about to be bullied. She grabbed a pair of scissors and barked back, “No, I’m not going to open the till for you,” Koba told KREM-TV. “‘I said, ‘If you don’t get your hands off the till, I’m going to stab you with my scissors.’”
The gentle senior citizen found that she couldn’t back up the threat, however. “I didn’t have the nerve to stab him,” she said.
The agitated criminal began pounding the register but still couldn’t open it. That’s when he pulled out a sword, which police said had a 3-foot blade, and started waving it at Koba. The dauntless store owner didn’t flinch.
“I didn’t feel threatened,” she said. “It just probably made me a little bit more brave.”
In a burst of rage, the suspect shoved Koba to the ground, where she spotted the golf club. Grabbing her weapon of choice, she swung for the man’s skull. “I tried to hit his head a couple times,” she said. “But I couldn’t reach it.”
Instead, Koba went for the man’s legs, delivering a few good whacks. He fled the store with the cash register, hopped on his BMX and peddled away. Police later recovered Koba’s cash register, along with the sword and a pile of the man’s clothes.
“He must have been running around in his underwear and no shoes,” Koba quipped.