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Grandma Thwarts Would-Be Robber

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STOCKTON --

A 66-year-old Stockton grandmother says she fended off a would-be thief with a little self defense.

"I went like this, hit him real hard in the stomach, he bent over. Then I hit him on the back with all my weight," Diane Barsocchini said.

Barsocchini told FOX40 she was walking in front of her home on Anapolis Quay Circle in Stockton Sunday morning at about 11 a.m. when a stranger approached her from behind and attempted to rip a gold chain off of her neck. Barsocchini said her instinct kicked in and she elbowed the would-be thief in the stomach, then hit him on his back twice. She said he dropped to the ground, but then got up and left.

"I didn't think she could do that. But I realized somebody shouldn't mess with my grandma," Barsocchini's 12-year-old granddaughter Katie Swift said.

Barsocchini told FOX40 the necklace is priceless to her because she wore wedding bands on it. One wedding band from her deceased mother, and her own wedding band from her deceased husband.

"Just things that cannot be replaced if lost," Barsocchini said.

"It would be sad for her to lose something like that," Swift said.

Barsocchini said she learned how to defend herself while defending our country in the Navy during the Vietnam era.

"You deserved what I got. What I gave you. You deserved more, but I let you be at that," Barsocchini said.