Police: 74-year-old thwarts robbery by punching woman in the face

File photo. Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro.
File photo.
Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

Delaware State Police said a 74-year-old man thwarted an attempted knifepoint robbery in Newark on Monday morning by punching his female assailant in the face.

Investigators said an unknown woman approached the man around 9:40 a.m. as he finished withdrawing cash from an ATM outside a Wells Fargo Bank at 2450 Glasgow Ave.

The woman allegedly brandished a knife and demanded the cash the victim was holding in his hand.

The man refused to comply and instead punched the suspect in the face, according to authorities.

The woman ran away, allegedly puncturing the tire of the victim’s car that was parked in the lot in an attempt to disable it.

Police said she then got into a black, four-door car of an unknown make or model and sped away empty-handed.

The victim was uninjured in the incident.

The suspect is described as a white woman, 5-feet-4-inches tall with a thin build.

Authorities said Tuesday no surveillance footage of the woman was available.

Anyone with information on the suspect or crime is asked to contact the Robbery Unit at Troop 2 at 302-834-2630, ext. 6, or to submit an anonymous tip by texting CRIMES (274637) with the keyword “DSP,” calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, by downloading the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip App or by filling out this online form.


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