On Thursday night, a burglar broke into the wrong New York home.
Around 11:00 — just as Willie Murphy was getting ready for bed — a man began banging on her door.
He claimed to be in need of an ambulance — “I’m sick! I’m sick!”
Willie told Rochester’s WHAM-TV that she called the police but wouldn’t let the man in — which angered him.
“I hear a loud noise. I’m thinking, ‘What the heck was that?’ The young man is in my home. He broke the door.”
What’s an 82-year-old to do?
The man, in fact, was the numerical reverse of Willie: He was 28.
Man in his prime vs. woman in her senior years…who ya got??
The lady had a secret weapon:
“I”m alone and I’m old, but guess what? I’m tough.”
She’s not kidding — as it turns out, the man picked the home of an award-winning bodybuilder.
Octogenarian Willie can deadlift almost 250.
“I’m alone and I’m old, but guess what? I’m tough.”
Willie Murphy is 82. She's a powerlifter. When a 28-yr-old man tried to break into her house – she says she took him DOWN. pic.twitter.com/MFXyrG1um0
— Seth Palmer (@sethpalmer3) November 22, 2019
The intruder crept through her home, but so did she.
And then, Willie did what any great-great grandmother would do:
“I picked up the table, and I went to work on him.”
Eventually, her weapon surrendered:
“The table broke.”
So Willie stomped that fool:
“And when he’s down, I’m jumping on him.”
Followed by a bit of improv:
“I grabbed the shampoo. Guess what? He’s still on the ground. In his face, all of it, the whole thing.”
Next, Willie grabbed a broom and swept the floor with Mr. Red Eyes:
“I got the broom. He’s pulling the broom. I’m hitting him with the broom.”
82-year-old Willie Murphy says a man broke into her home late last night. The suspect likely thought she was an easy target. What he didn't realize – Murphy is an award winning body builder who still competes.
— Andrew Banas (@AndrewWHAM) November 22, 2019
When the first responders arrived, they wanted selfies with the terminator.
At the Maplewood YMCA — where she goes every day — she received a hero’s welcome.
Willie lamented the poor judgement of a would-be thief over half a century her junior:
“He picked the wrong house to break into.”
Yeah he did.
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