An 81-year-old woman who was violently robbed at an ATM in Aurora, Ont., on Monday night says she doesn’t want her attacker to know how badly hurt she is.
Instead, she wants him to know that “no matter who he thinks he’s going to get, they’re going to get him.
“If he thinks he can get me that easy, well, he’ll try it again,” Mary Rivas told CBC Toronto on Thursday.
Rivas was withdrawing cash around 7:30 p.m. at a Bank of Montreal branch near Yonge Street and Wellington Street East when a man using the ATM machine beside her reached for her money. She snatched it away from the slot before he could grab it.
“He was mad when the money wasn’t there,” she explained.
“That’s when he grabbed my hand,” she recalled, adding she wouldn’t let go of the $500 clenched in her fist.
“I’m holding it and he’s pulling it out and I’m pulling him to make sure he’s going to be seen in the video,” Rivas said. “That’s why I fought, to make him be seen in the video.”
‘I didn’t have time to be afraid’
Police released security video of the altercation Wednesday, appealing to the public for help identifying the suspect.
The video shows a man shoving Rivas to the ground before robbing her.
“When I’m fighting with him, my mother comes into the back of my mind and I remember her saying, ‘Mary, if some man or boy, or you’re out on a date and someone wants to do something, take your knee.'” Rivas said. “He took the money he could get and punched me,” she recalled, now wearing a large dark bruise on the left side of her chin.
‘If he thinks he can get me that easy, well he’ll try it again.’
– Mary Rivas
Most of her body, from head to toe, is covered in bruises, including several broken ribs, which make it difficult to breathe, but Rivas maintains she wasn’t fearful.
“I didn’t have time to be afraid. I was upset with him. I was determined,” she explained. “What went through my mind is, ‘This man is not going to kill me.'”
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