A Washington, D.C., woman stood her ground against an assailant armed with a gun when he demanded that she hand over her keys in a brazen attempted robbery in broad daylight.
The woman, identified by WTTG-TV as Iris Bond Gill shouted “No!” at the man, and her refusal to comply appeared to unnerve him.
Bond Gill’s refusal to comply appeared to stall the encounter, until she shouted in an authoritative tone “Shoot me!”
The unusual incident unfolded in the late afternoon of Aug. 23, when Bond Gill stood along 10th Street Northeast and looked into her purse. The gunman, wearing a hooded jacket approached her.
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They say you never know how you’ll react until you’re in the moment.
This video is making the rounds, showing a woman standing her ground to an attempted armed suspect. I spoke w/the victim today, who’s not encouraging this response. I’ll have her message on @fox5dc @ 4, 5 & 6PM pic.twitter.com/7Bc0uNOA1K
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) August 26, 2022
Bond Gill, startled, dropped her bags in the surveillance video posted by WTTG.
“What the f***?” Bond Gill stated and shouted “No!” when she was asked for her keys.
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The gunman then responded by threatening her, “I’ll shoot you, b****!” and demanded repeatedly “give me your keys.”
When Bond Gill continued to challenge him and refused his commands the gunman fled. She then shouted mockingly to him. “Nothing taken! Take it! Do you want it?” motioning to her fallen bag.
“You know, it’s really complicated to think about now,” Bond Gill told WTTG. “I don’t exactly remember, but I know — I knew I was in danger. And so I just threw off my bag and just prepared to be confrontational.”
She said it didn’t even register at first that the gunman wanted her keys. However, she did realize that she was in danger.
“I’ve seen the video and to be honest, I…