An 82-year-old New Yorker is sharing her stories to inspire people of all ages after she knocked out a man who broke into her home.
It was just after 11 p.m. on Thursday night, Nov. 21, Willie Murphy was getting ready for bed, then a man began pounding on her door.
“Please call an ambulance,” the man was out and saying, “I’m sick, I’m sick,” she recalled.
Murphy called the police, but wouldn’t let him inside. The man became angry, he broke the door and sneaked into the house.
“I hear a loud noise,” she said. “I’m thinking, ‘What the heck was that? The young man is in my home. He broke the door.”
Murphy, an award-winning bodybuilder who works out at the YMCA almost every day, acted quickly and grabbed the closet thing she could find as the suspect walked through her house.
“I picked up the table, and I went to work on him,” she said. ‘The table broke.”
“And when he’s down,” she continued, “I’m jumping on him.”
Once the suspect was injured, she ran and grabbed a bottle of shampoo – and started pouring it on him.
“I grabbed the shampoo,” she said. “Guess what? He’s still on the ground. In his face, all of it, the whole thing.”
“I got the broom,” she continued. “He’s pulling the broom. I’m hitting him with the broom.”
The officers finally arrived and the man was sent to the hospital. Murphy was praised by first responders.
“He picked the wrong house to break into,” she said. “The officers that came wanted to go on my front porch and take selfies with me.”
On Friday, Nov. 22, she returned to the YMCA and got a hero’s welcome. For the record, Murphy says she can deadlift 225 pounds, according to NEWS4SA.