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Woman, 80, Throws Mangoes To Fight Off Robbers In New Bedford

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NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – A couple of robbers met their match on Friday in the form of an 80-year-old woman when they tried to hold up a New Bedford Market.

Otilia Martins was working inside her son-in-law’s market on Sawyer Street when she saw two masked men holding up the clerk at gunpoint.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Martins started pelting the men with mangoes and apples. One of the suspects responded by pistol whipping Martins before taking off.

Martins’ son-in-law, Manuel Nogueira, who owns the Continental Market, was outside at the time and heard the commotion. He managed to chase down one of the suspects, identified by SouthCoastToday.com as 22-year-old Eduardo Torres-Lopez.

“One of my friends came by and he helped me,” Nogueira told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic. “I went to check for the other one, but he went inside an apartment.”

Police found the other suspect, 24-year-old Jesse DosSantos hiding inside that apartment building, on the second floor, which is where he lives.

The also recovered a .38 caliber revolver in the couch cushions. Investigators say it’s the same weapon DosSantos used in the robbery.

Both men are facing a number of charges, including armed robbery.

As for Martins, despite a good-sized gash in her head, she refused medical treatment.

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