Victim’s fear turned to rage

Woman threw hot coffee at attacker, fought back


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The 90-pound woman injured in a hatchet attack earlier this week had a secret weapon: the steaming hot Tim Hortons coffee she threw at her attackers as they swung an axe at her head.

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The 90-pound woman injured in a hatchet attack earlier this week had a secret weapon: the steaming hot Tim Hortons coffee she threw at her attackers as they swung an axe at her head.

The woman is resting at her Winnipeg home following what witnesses called an attempted purse snatching Monday at about 8:30 a.m. on Donald Street.

The attack happened only steps away from the woman’s workplace, Crosstown Civic Credit Union on Donald Street.

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The attack victim suffered blows to her head and body.

Police later said she was one of three women in downtown Winnipeg who were approached by hatchet-wielding girls early Monday.

Two of the women were attacked.

The victim said she’s glad she fought back against two teen girls who followed her along Donald Street after she bought coffee at the MTS Centre. She said she refused to hand over her bag when one suspect ordered her to.

"That pissed me off because it’s mine," said the woman.

Of particular sentimental value was a keychain inside the purse given to her by her 15-year-old daughter.

The suspects tried to corner her in a nearby alley, she said, and within seconds, her fear turned to rage.

After one teen suspect yanked the hatchet from her sweatshirt and started swinging, the woman threw her coffee at the hatchet-wielding teen’s face. She said that move freed her hands to grab the axe and grip onto it.

"It distracted her. It gave her pause," said the red-headed woman, who’s in her early 40s. She did not want her name used in the media.

She called her attackers "snot-nosed little punks who deserve a tuneup."

One teen suspect landed a blow to the woman’s head and a few blows to her body, said the woman, while another teen stood nearby.

However, she was able to hold off the teen until bystanders jumped to her rescue. The two teen girls then ran off through a nearby parking lot.

"I wouldn’t recommend you do it. I took a chance. It didn’t turn out that badly, but it didn’t turn out that well," said the woman.

Police said two 15-year-old girls are facing five counts of robbery with a weapon.

On Wednesday, the woman was nursing a migraine. She said three stitches on her head will be removed Friday.

She said she won’t let the incident scare her from the downtown area or stop her from returning to work.

"Deal with it and move on. You’re alive. You can’t just curl into a corner and just shrivel up," she said.

"It could be anywhere. It could be downtown. It could be in Tuxedo. It could be in Linden Woods."

Police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said mugging victims should be careful about escalating potentially violent situations. He said people who are threatened should try to escape the situation as quickly as possible.

"We want them to be careful with their decisions," he said.


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