Grandmother fights off would-be purse snatcher

July 29, 2009 Luva Rhodes was outside her assisted care facility Sunday morning when a stranger came from behind her and tried to take her purse.

Rhodes fought the purse snatcher by using her wheelchair like a battering ram.

"He thought he was gonna [steal from] this frail little thing that couldn't do anything, that's exactly what he thought," said Rhodes.

Rhodes hit the would-be purse snatcher about 3 times before he took off. Residents at the care facility say Rhodes is their hero.

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