‘I couldn’t breathe’: Grandma, 82, fights back against thieves posing as tradies

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Adelaide grandmother Eva Donlon was attacked in a brazen theft at her home in Adelaide but she fought back using a shoe to defend herself. Source: Twitter/ Nine News Adelaide

A brave grandmother has opened up about the moment she fought back against two bandits who stormed into her home and stole thousands of dollars after lying that they were tradies there help out.

Eva Donlon, 82, was preyed upon by the two men who convinced her to let them inside her Adelaide home to check her water supply.  Instead of helping the grandma out, one of the thieves attacked Eva, while the other searched her Woodcroft residence for cash.

Speaking to Nine News about the terrifying encounter, Eva said she thought they were going to smother her to death. “There was two of them not just one you know and while I’m standing by the bathroom door and the bedroom door this one run at me and push me on the floor and jumped on top of me and covered my nose and my mouth so I couldn’t scream and breathe,” she explained.

While she may be small Eva was determined to put up a fight, using one of her leather shoes nearby to hit the man. “My shoe, I line them up and I grabbed that and hit him,” the grandmother said. “And I got hold of his thumb and I tried to break, you know, bring it back.”

However, sadly despite her efforts, the thieves were able to get away with $6,500 she had won that morning on the pokies at the  Lonsdale Hotel. “The other one in the mean time walked around and took all the money,” Eva explained to Nine News.

The grandma sustained bruising during the incident and was treated at the Flinders Medical Centre. Meanwhile, the two men were last spotted fleeing the scene in a black SUV.

The shocking incident comes weeks after four teenagers were charged over the alleged assault and carjacking of a 73-year-old woman at a shopping centre in southeast Queensland. The woman was allegedly attacked in the car park at Browns Plains last month, with one teenage girl accused of pushing the woman before grabbing her keys and throwing them to another girl.

The second girl allegedly picked up the other girl and two male teenagers in a vehicle before leaving the carpark. All four teenagers were located a short time later nearby. The victim was not physically injured in the incident.

An 19-year-old Adare man, was charged with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, while a 17-year-old Logan Reserve girl and a 16-year-old Boronia Heights boy were charged with one count each of robbery with violence and dangerous operation of a vehicle, unlicensed driving, obstructing police and two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. The 16-year-old was also charged with two counts of stealing and trespass.

A 14-year-old Harristown girl has also been charged with one count each of robbery with violence and stealing and two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Just weeks before the police announced they were on the hunt for a man who who allegedly stabbed an elderly resident in the chest before fleeing the scene in a shocking incident. The 85-year-old was allegedly attacked at a hotel in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Henderson Street where the elderly man was found with a stab wound to his chest. He was quickly transported to hospital in a serious condition from the injury which was allegedly inflicted by a man known to him.

“Officers from Redfern Police Area Command attended and were told he was stabbed by a man known to him, who then fled the scene,” NSW Police confirmed in a statement at the time. “A crime scene has been established and police have commenced inquiries to identify and locate the man involved.”

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