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Robber runs at the sight of tears

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on February 10, 2010 1:47 PM

An armed robber gave up his attack on a Dudley woman Tuesday night when she fought back with tears.

A Dudley woman started crying after a gun-wielding man wearing a black bandana approached her on Tuesday night, causing the attacker to flee, according to Wayne County Sheriff's Office reports.

Tequilla Newkirk of South Running Deer Circle said she was coming home from work about 10 p.m. when a black man wearing a black bandana and carrying a gun accosted her.

The suspect, whose height, weight and build were listed as unknown, approached Ms. Newkirk as she gathered items from her car, preparing to go inside, according to a report by Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Biggins.

"The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and told her to 'hush,'" Biggins said in his report. "The victim threw her purse on the hood of her vehicle and told him to take whatever he wanted, and that she had no valuables or money on her."

Then she began to cry, causing the suspect to run behind the victim's home, the deputy reported.

Further description of the man attempting the armed robbery was limited to the fact that he wore a black, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Ms. Newkirk told authorities that after the incident she drove to a neighbor's house, where they called 911.

The man who attempted the armed robbery did not take any of the victim's belongings, according to the report.