SUPER GRANNY: Video shows 63-yr-old tackling hammer-wielding thug and sitting on him until cops arrive

Roseann Gibson hailed as 'Wee Ninja' by her family was working at the shop with nephew Christopher Brown, when a masked man George Kinnear stormed in

SUPER GRANNY: Video shows 63-yr-old tackling hammer-wielding thug and sitting on him until cops arrive
CCTV footage shows Roseann Gibson bravely tackling the thief to the ground (Roseann Gibson/ Facebook, Screenshot/Glasgow Live)
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: A brave grandmother helped her nephew and held an armed robber in her kiosk until police arrived to take him into custody. On Dec 27, 2021, Roseann Gibson, 63, and her nephew Christopher Brown were working at Brown's Newsagents in the city when a man wearing a balaclava and holding a hammer entered the store and demanded the employees hand over the cash.

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Video surveillance captured the moment Christopher jumped over the counter, and seconds later, the footage shows Gibson, 63, rushing to her nephew's aid and pinning the robber to the ground. The grandmother recognized the intruder as a previous customer of the store when she unmasked him. Despite only being 4'11", Roseann and her nephew managed to keep George Kinnear on the ground until police arrived.

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Thug pleads guilty to attempted robbery and threatening violence

The attacker identified as George Kinnear attempted to rob Browns newsagent and it was later discovered that he was carrying a knife. Kinnear an armed forces veteran pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and threatening violence at Glasgow Crown Court.

'I'm scared and angry'

The shocking incident from last December left Gibson shaken, she admitted to the Daily Record. While sharing her shocking experience, She said, "When I watched the CCTV back, I was shocked. I just can't believe I did it. A lot of things have changed since it happened." 63-year-old continued, "Before, I would never have thought twice about standing outside the shop early in the morning while we wait to open up which I've done for 42 years. But now I wait in my car across the road." Saying that it's the first time this bad incident took place, she added, "I'm annoyed that I feel that way but I'm scared and angry. You always get dafties but this is the first time something as bad as this has happened. There is a panic button right behind where Christopher was standing but his instincts took over. He said he just saw the hammer and thought about me while I was thinking about him."

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'The guy had a hammer'

The assault started when an elderly customer entered the store carrying a bag of gifts for Gibson's grandson. Kinnear was tackled to the ground by Christopher and Gibson before the customer was able to obtain the claw hammer from him. She said, "I was aware of somebody else coming in but thought it was just a normal customer. But the next minute, I saw the newspapers getting thrown over. That's when I looked and saw the guy had a hammer. By that time, Christopher had thrown the papers over and diverted him. He was coming with the hammer.

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'We just held him down'

She further explains how she managed to get the guy down, "I managed to get the guy down using the side of my body but by that time, Christopher had flown over the counter to throw a plastic perspex screen. I got the balaclava off of him because I wanted to see his face to see if I knew him. I did recognize him, not as a good customer but as someone who had been in the shop before. We just held him down. He obviously let go of the hammer and Callaghan lifted it which you can see in the video. She was obviously giving him mouth."

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'Lucky enough she had a phone'

Gibson further said that she was lucky enough she managed to hold him down with her on top of Christopher and phoned the police. She said, "They were really quick in coming. The police came back in and told us he had a knife when they searched him. I still can't believe that this happened."

Gibson's friends and family praised her bravery and one of them posted on her Facebook, "Well done Granny Roseann. George just read me your story on Glasgow Live. You're a wee Ninja!"

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