Woman, 86, fights off attacker

August 7, 2008 5:33:56 PM PDT
An 86-year-old woman attacked in broad daylight in front of her church took on her attacker. The man was more than twice her size.

A 5-foot-10, 180-pound ex-con mugged Elizabeth Maropoulos this past weekend.

She has been known to chase men off with a broom stick from the pub underneath her apartment in Hell's Kitchen.

The man threw her to the ground and took all of her money, 300 dollars, but he couldn't keep her down.

A neighbor said, "You can't beat her up, no doubt about it. She's here for the next day."

When she's not fighting crime, Elizabeth helps out at the Blarney Stone Pub underneath her apartment.

She's there at 8 a.m., peeling potatoes and cleaning the bar.

Police say they've captured Elizabeth's attacker.

Forty-four-year-old Earl Wearing is now charged with robbery.

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STORY BY: Phil Lipof and Jennifer Panek

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