By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
Proving a new twist to the old adage, it seems the sword is quickly losing its reputation for might. Eighty nine year old Miyo Koba, a Moses Lake, Washington store owner, fought-off an alleged robber who brandished a three foot sword she described as being “little.”
For sixty years Miyo and her husband have owned Frank’s Market. She said she noticed a man wearing a ski mask and dark glasses standing behind her cash register on a Sunday attempting to open the till. It would soon prove to be a career limiting move for his apprenticeship in the armed robbery trade.
Miyo spoke to a KREM 2 news reporter, recalling her experience:
“I had the scissors in my hand like this, and he was trying to open the till, and he said, ‘Open the till!’ I said, “No I’m not going to open the till for you’, and I said, ‘If you don’t get your hands of the till, I’m gonna stab you with the scissors.’ But I didn’t. I didn’t have the nerve to stab him,”
Miyo said the man became irritated after she would not help him get money out of the register for him.
“He started pounding on the register trying to open it because I wouldn’t do it for him,” He pulled out his little sword out of his little jacket, and he just kind of waved it a little bit. I didn’t feel threatened. It just probably made me a little bit more brave. I fell down here and so I got into a sitting position. I got into a sitting position and I found the club so I went tried to swing this club at him and I tried to hit his head a couple times but I couldn’t reach it.”
Miyo was however able to strike the robber in the legs. He then snatched the till and ran away to an unknown location. Miyo did not indicate whether she would take a mulligan.
According to reports the defeated later ditched the sword and the till after removing his clothing and disappearing.
“He must have been running around in his underwear and no shoes because that’s what they said, they found all his clothes.” Miyo lamented.
By Darren Smith
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