East Texas pistol-packing granny fends off intruder

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Bowie County deputies are looking for a would be bandit who got a big surprise this past weekend.

Deputies said the armed suspect broke into the home of a 74-year-old grandmother. Let’s just say the man chose the wrong home!

“So I had to walk right out in front of him. I didn’t know if he was going to kill me or what,” Rebbie Roberson said.

Roberson said she was just about to watch the news Sunday night when someone broke into her Bowie County home armed with a gun.

“…and when I started to get up, he was in here on me with a gun facing me right to my face,” Roberson recalled.

The 74-year-old said she was able to get her weapon on a nearby table.

“I reached over there and grabbed this gun and when I swerved around, I pointed it at him and he ran,” Roberson said.

With her .38 pistol in her hand, Roberson said she followed the would-be bad guy, firing her weapon leaving bullet holes in the walls of her home, but apparently missing her target.

“I’m not sure I didn’t hit him, I don’t know yet. I sure tried, I sure was hoping that was the scare of my life,” Roberson said.

She says she always has her gun close, but this was the first time and hopefuly the last time she will have to use it.

Investigators with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office said they have no problems with the action taken by the pistol-packing granny.

“Every citizen, according to the Texas penal code, has the right to defend themselves and their family.”

And this grandma isn’t backing down.

“I tried to kill him. Anybody break in on me, I’m going to kill them, he going to kill me or I’m going to kill him,” Roberson said.

The would-be burglar was said to be wearing a mask and gloves.

Investigators said they do not believe the suspect was injured.

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