83-year-old woman fights off intruder with stick, boiling water

HOUSTON - Don't mess with Lillie McClendon.

The 83-year-old woman from Houston said she was robbed early Sunday morning, but was able to fight off the intruder with a stick and a pot full of boiling water.

McClendon told KTRK-TV she had just gotten out of the shower and was doing laundry when she noticed an open window and some items out of place.

McClendon said when she encountered the man that he choked her and demanded to know where she kept her cash.

"I told him, I said, 'What kind of momma you got that raised you up like this?'" McClendon said. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself."

McClendon wasn't going to lay down without a fight.

"I got a stick and tried to hit him," she said. "I had sausage on the stove. I put hot water on him."

The intruder got away, but McClendon said she thinks she injured him.

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