BY KEN LITTLE
Two would-be robbers were scared off Monday night by their intended victim after she threatened to use a gun on them, Greeneville police said.
The attempted robbery happened about 10:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Towne Square Shopping Center on West Summer Street, Officer Rick Burgner said in a report.
The victim told police she had finished shopping and was sitting in her unlocked car when she noticed a car parking in front of her.
"[She] stated the passenger got out of the car wearing jeans and a dark ball cap and started walking toward her passenger side," the report said.
The man opened the passenger-side door, shoved her groceries aside "and yelled something" at his companion in the other car.
"[She] said he then started yelling for the man in the car to get out. At this time she said the driver of the other vehicle turned his headlights off and jumped out of the car and ran to her driver's side door and tried to get in the car."
The victim's car windows were about half-open, the report said.
She told police "she managed to keep him from getting in and yelled she had a gun and would use it," the report said.
At that point, the suspects, described as two Hispanic males, "then ran back to their car and left in a hurry," the report said. The woman was not injured. No property was reported taken.
The men were in a dark-colored, older-model Toyota Tercel or Hyundai, possibly black or dark blue in color.
The man who got in the victim's car is described as being 18 or 19 years old, about 5-feet-7 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with black hair and wearing jeans and a dark ball cap.
The other suspect is described as being between 23 and 25 years old, about 5-feet-8 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with black hair and wearing jeans, a dark t-shirt and a gray fleece jacket.
The victim said in a statement to police that when the second man attempted to get in her car, she took action.
"At that point, I said to stop or I would remove my gun from my locked glove box. At that statement, they both ran for their car and left as fast as they could," the statement said.
The men were scared off by a bluff.
"I didn't really have" a gun, the woman wrote in the statement.
Police continue an investigation of the incident.