Elderly Redford Township couple confronts robber in home


REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – It was the middle of the night when a young man got into a home on Sarasota Street through a sliding window.

He walked into the closest bedroom where 75-year-old Samella Jackson was in bed watching TV.

"I heard her holler, 'Azeal! Azeal!' Then he left her room and came into mine," said Azeal Jackson.

That's when 79-year-old Azeal realized a strange man was in his home.

"I asked him, 'What the hell are you doing in here?' He stood up and started hollering, 'Give me your money!' I told him, 'I don't have no damn money,'" said Azeal.

The man grabbed Azeal's wallet and some watches off the dresser before heading back to the woman's bedroom.

"They started tussling. My wife hit him and he hit her upside the head. She was hollering loud enough for everybody in the neighborhood to hear, then that's when he ran out," said Azeal.

The woman suffered a minor injury but managed to hit the robber in the head with her makeup bag.

Azeal said he's going to start locking the doors from now on, and if there is ever a next time, he'll be ready.

"If I had had my gun ready I would have said nothing to him, blown his brains out," he said.

Redford Township police were at the home within minutes. A K9 unit searched the area but the man got away on foot.

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