A pint-sized woman with a black belt in Jujitsu was prosecuted when an intruder broke into her apartment in a senior living complex – and then attacked her elderly neighbor, police said.
Lorenza Marujojo – a 67-year-old, 100-pound woman who said she prefers to be known as “Lady Ninja” – lived up to her moniker on Monday when a 59-year-old man appeared drunk while she was on the third-floor in Fontana. Apartment, Press-Enterprise reported.
The unfortunate suspect, Donald Robert Prestwood, also lives in the complex and works as a handyman for some residents. He grabbed her near Marujo after he entered her unit, told her to grab the yellow baseball bat, she recalled.
“I said, ‘Go back or I’ll hurt you,'” Marujo said.
Priestwood then fled and went to the first-floor apartment apartment of a close friend of Marujo’s, where the 11-foot woman said she saw a man standing on 87-year-old Elizabeth McCray, who uses a wheelchair.
Marujo said she tried to make a trip to Prestwood but she was injured on the floor when she used her legs to hold her neighbor down.
“I had to turn my fingers back માટે to get him down,” Marujo said of Prestwood, listed in prison records as 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds.
“He was screaming because it’s one of my techniques – fingers. Then I kept ‘bouncing’ with my elbow twice in his corner. ”
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The CBS Los Angeles report states that Marujo, who said she trained at Jujitsu for 26 years, then stayed on Prestwood’s chest until the cops arrived and arrested him, CBS Los Angeles reports.
“My knee was on his chest, my other knee was on his neck, I had his jaw, and I was aiming for his eye,” Marujo recalled.
A few moments ago, McCrae said Prestwood grabbed him before he went to the floor and shook him, while Maruju came to rescue him in time after calling police.
“Jesus was here and gave him power,” McCrae told Press-Enterprise. “I don’t think a little woman would have the power to do this.”
At one point, Marujo said, Prestwood told her she was hurting him – but she didn’t show him pity.
“He raised his head and tried to twist my arm, but at the same time, I twisted his arm and twisted it real fast and he was saying, ‘You’re hurting me, you’re hurting me.’ “I don’t care. I don’t care what happens to you. You have no right to hurt an old person,” Maruju told CBS Los Angeles.
McCrae was treated at the hospital for his injuries, but was discharged the next day, the station said. Prestwood was arrested on suspicion of abuse of the elderly and was remanded in custody Wednesday on 150 150,000 bail, according to a Press-Enterprise report.
Police, meanwhile, praised Maruju for being very courageous, but warned others against confronting armed suspects – adding that Prestwood would have attacked with his own bat.
“What he told me was that she started training and it was like a muscular memory,” Fonta police spokeswoman Jenny Vanzore told CBS Los Angeles. “She knew she had to help her friend.”