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A Home Invader Proves He Has the Worst Luck When the Home He Picks Belongs to a Body Building Grandma

Our society totally undervalues our elderly citizens. Often times, the wisdom, know-how and skills that old people possess are overshadowed by their advanced ages. They are discredited by this number and are mislabeled as a group that has nothing important to contribute. For instance, ageism is rampant in just about every industry and the elderly are the number one targets of scams and frauds. Unfortunately, many also equate old age to feebleness, weakness and fragility. This might be the viewpoint of the majority but that’s only because they haven’t met this 82 year-old body building grandma before. 

Willie Murphy is the octogenarian being celebrated as a hero for beating a would-be home invader into submission after he attempted to break into her home.  

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Last Thursday while Murphy was getting ready to go to bed, she reportedly heard someone banging on the front door of her Rochester, New York home. According to the 82 year-old, she heard a man asking for help, pleading with her to open the door and demanding that she call an ambulance. A retired social worker, responded in the safest and smartest way possible. Murphy refused to let the unknown man in and instead called the police to report the disturbance. As she explained to local news station WHAM, the man then became angry at her hesitation and broke through the home’s front door. 

This was a huge mistake on the burglar’s part because Murphy was absolutely up for a fight. 

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“It’s kind of semi-dark and I’m alone, and I’m old. But guess what, I’m tough,” Murphy explained to WHAM while flexing her muscular arms. “He picked the wrong house to break into.”

The octogenarian is an award winning body builder and a competitive power lifter who works out daily at her local YMCA. It goes without saying that abuela is swole. In order to fend off the intruder, she used multiple household tools to attack and defend including her own dinning room table. 

“I took that table and I went to working on him,” Murphy recalled of her defense. “And guess what? The table broke.”

However, this didn’t slow Murphy down. Like the boss abuela she is, she took the metal legs from the table and continued to hit the attempted intruder. After jumping on the man several times to keep him pinned, Murphy ran to the kitchen to grab a bottle of baby shampoo. She then squirted it in the man’s face as he tried to stand after her aggressive onslaught. Finally, she used a broom to whack the failed assailant some more.

At this point, both Murphy and the burglar had one thing on their minds: to get him out of her home once and for all. 

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Murphy who can dead lift 225 pounds — began to drag the man out of her house but she struggled to do so. 

“He wants to get the heck out of there. And I’m trying to help him get out of the house, but he’s too heavy,” Murphy recalled. “I can’t move him. He’s dead weight.”

At this point, the police finally arrived to collect the attempted home invader. The first responders on the scene put the thwarted burglar into an ambulance and sent him to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained by Murphy’s assault.

“So they come in, he’s laying down already because I had really did a number on that man. I’m serious,” Murphy proudly recalled. “I think he was happy when he went in the ambulance because I sent him in the ambulance. Yes, I did.”

Though she was able to fend off the man, Murphy holds no ill will to the attempted intruder. 

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The man, who has not been publicly identified, had been “extremely intoxicated and not aware of what was going on” according to the police who responded to the incident. Due to this, Murphy declined to ask the police to file any charges against him. In the statement issued by Rochester NYPD, it says that “Ms Murphy wanted the suspect to get medical treatment” after the attack. Isn’t that just like a grandma. She might whoop your behind but she’ll make sure you’re okay afterwards.  

News of Murphy’s heroic defense of her home has spread quickly, amazing everyone who hears the tale of the super strong abuela. 

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The Rochester police department applauded Murphy for her ability to take on the home intruder. In a tweet from their official Twitter account following the incident, they called the grandma “tough as nails” and eagerly posed for a picture with the invincible grandma.

“The officers that came wanted to go on my front porch and take selfies with me,” Murphy bragged about her new internet hero status. 

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