COCKEYSVILLE, Md. - Gwyn Sirota has a light heart after a heavy day.
"I tell you what, she won't reckon with me soon again, I don't think," said Sirota
At nearly 75, Sirota wasn't laying down when a robber put up a fight. While out walking her dog around 8:30 a.m. Monday, she said good morning to the same woman who robbed her.
"And I kicked her and punched her and pinched her and bit her and I didn't let that woman go," said Sirota.
Her routine may have caught the attention of the female suspect. She walks her dog at 8:30 every morning in the Valley Crossing Community in Cockeysville.
She said hello to the woman and then noticed her turn around. Immediately, Sirota was alarmed and headed back.
She walked inside her unlocked front door and her suspicion was right.
"She kept saying, I have a knife, I have a knife. I kept saying what do you want, and she wouldn't answer me and I said don't you dare fight with a 75-year-old lady. I'll give you everything back that I can," said Sirota.
She did. The fighting moved to the basement. At one point, the suspect had a knee on her neck, nearly choking her.
Sirota says the suspect pulled out a kitchen knife. She didn't stab her but the force left her with several stitches inside and outside of her mouth.
A neighbor had a hunch something wasn't right since the dog was out and the door was suddenly shut.
"So I rang the door once and she didn't come to the door. And I rang the bell twice and she didn't come to the door and then the dog had a very strange whine. So I rang the door a third time. And then after a minute she comes up, and she was bleeding profusely and her face was out to here," said Vivek Khosla, a neighbor.
The suspect left out a back door. Sirota's glasses were found and some money, but $40, her wallet with credit cards, and a cell phone are gone.
She has lived in the neighborhood for 28 years. After this, she's making a change.
"It's my stupidity too. It's a good lesson to lock your door when you go out," said Sirota.
Police have a very brief description of the suspect: a black female in her 20's.
It's possible she's walking around with some cuts and bruises.
Sirota may need some cosmetic work on her lips, but she's tough enough to come back home the same day she was attacked. She's pretty confident she gave the robber a run for her money.
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