Texas Grandma Defends Herself From Machete-Wielding Clowns With Just a Scooter

Aretha Cardinal and her husband, Joseph Nelson, fought off a pair of clown-masked assailants with machetes in Texas City with nothing but their bare hands and a child's scooter.

By Eric Shorey
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A grandmother in Texas City daringly defended herself from masked attackers by utilizing her grandchild's scooter.

Aretha Cardinal and her husband, Joseph Nelson, were reportedly approached by robbers in clown masks with red noses and orange hair while sitting in their parked truck in their driveway in the early morning on February 1. One assailant allegedly held a machete to Nelson's while making threats on his life. Nelson reportedly fought back and wrestled the blade from the attacker's grasp, while Cardinal then defended herself by grabbing her child's two-wheel scooter and hitting the alleged mugger with it until he relented, reports local outlet The Epoch Times.

Nelson remembers being shocked by the incident.

“[I] couldn’t believe what was happening," Nelson said to ABC13 of Houston, Texas. "He reached his hand through the window, put it on my throat like this and I’m like ‘Dude, you serious, you trying to rob me with a machete?’”

Cardinal then pursued the men with the scooter as her weapon, hitting their car with it and even breaking a window until they drove away, according to Click2Houston.com.

Cardinal recalled her stunning defense.

"Any weapon is good for me if I can get you off me and my husband, that's what I'm going to do. I used the scooter, broke it in half," said Cardinal.

The couple's daughter called the police shortly thereafter, according to The Epoch Times.

The alleged aggressors have been identified by police as Luis Jimenez, 32, and Jose Lugo, 35. They have since been charged with aggravated robbery. The two are now being held at the Galveston County Jail. Bond was set at $100,000 for each of them.

[Photo: Jose Lugo (left) and Luis Jimenez (right) via Galveston County Sheriff's Office]

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