77-year-old Winston-Salem woman threatened armed robber with broom

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are looking for a man who tried to rob an elderly couple at their Winston-Salem business on Thursday night.

The man entered the B&C Music and Trading Post on S. Main Street just after 6 p.m.

In surveillance video, the suspect is seen asking about a couple itemsĀ beforeĀ he grabs his gun.

That’s when Betty Johnson, 77, grabbed a broom.

“I told him I’d break the broom over him if he didn’t get out of here and leave us alone. And I said I’m calling 911,” said Johnson.

brodsomThere is no sound on the recording, but Johnson says you could have heard her yelling from across the street.

After being threatened with the broom, the armed suspect immediately turns and runs away.

“It makes me cry now to think about how stupid I was, but maybe it helped,” said Johnson.

After 57 years of marriage, Betty’s husband, Curtis, isn’t surprised by her reaction.

“She’s pretty well the boss around the house, so she’s knows how to do it. How to get it done,” said Mr. Johnson, 81.

Curtis says he’ll be armed with more than a broom if someone tries to rob them again.

“I feel like we’ve been really blessed. Because it could have been a bad thing. It could have been both of us. I can’t help but cry,” said Betty.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Winston-Salem police.


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