Lorenza Marrujo, who stood at just under 5ft tall and in the senior years of her life petite, appeared as a soft target to an intruder targeting a senior citizen complex.
However, the intruder was no match for Lorenzo because she has more than 20 years of martial arts training.
When catching the man breaking into her apartment in California, Lorenza confronted him.
“As he was coming toward me, I said back off,” Lorenza told.
The intruder took one look at her and left her apartment, but it wasn’t long before she heard screams.
Unfortunately, after that, the intruder targeted the apartment of her 81-year-old friend and neighbor Elizabeth McCray.
The intruder shook her until she fell to the floor, but Lorenza was not about to let him hurt her friend and immediately called police before stepping in to help her.
Lorenza has a black belt in martial arts with 26 years of experience.
Elizabeth warned Lorenza to be careful, “he’s gonna kill us,” she said.
To which Lorenza said: “Not tonight.”.
“I squeezed myself between her (Elizabeth) and him…then I jumped on him and I was punching him and I had the cane against his throat.
“At the same time his arm came up and I twisted it around, he was shouting ‘you’re hurting me, you’re hurting me.’ and I said ‘I don’t care what happens to you, you have no right to hurt an elderly person.’”,
Lorenza was able to pin the intruder to the ground until police arrived.
Elizabeth was taken to hospital and released the next day while the intruder was arrested.
Source: KCAL-TV, Newsner