A grandmother who was staring down the barrel of a gun decided to fight back.
According to an IMPD police report, the incident happened around 8 p.m. Sunday. Kay Kise, 67, said she had just finished Christmas shopping and was parked in front of her home in the 200 block of North Randolph Street.
She said three men approached her asking for directions, then one pulled out a gun and put it to her face. She said the men were demanding the keys to her van. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Kise didn’t back down.
“The gun was a big silver gun and it’s got a big ol’ hole in the end of it. But when he pointed it right at my nose, I just slapped it. I said, ‘You’re not taking my car,’” Kise said. “I know it’s just a vehicle but it’s the only thing I got and I don’t have no money to buy another one with. So they weren’t going to take it from me.”
Kise’s granddaughters knew she was strong willed, but even they were surprised.
“Any other person would probably have kind of clammed up and gave up them the keys,” said granddaughter Ashley Howard.
Kise said she was pistol whipped several times and knocked back into her van. She said a neighbor heard her cries for help and that the group ran off after her neighbor came outside.
“I’m so grateful for my neighbors next door for coming out and helping me last night. I’m telling you I really truly am,” she said.
We talked with her neighbor who saw the attack but we don’t want to reveal her identity.
“That could have been my grandma. And that’s wrong, so I helped her out,” the neighbor said.
Kise was taken to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and was released Monday morning. Her left eye was swollen shut. She said she had several broken bones on the left side of her face and bleeding in her brain.
Police didn’t have a description of the attackers, only stating that they appeared to be teenagers. Police said the offenses in the case include robbery and battery.
According to the city’s crime tracker website, Kise’s case was one of 12 batteries reported within a mile of her home in the past week.
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