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Woman fights off would-be purse snatcher

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MOBILE, AL -

Bridgett Bolen is one woman you don't want to mess with.

"I've always been that tough-type person, but never really thought I still had it in me, you know. Never had to beat anyone up," says Bolen.

She's a fighter. And that's exactly what she proved when she encountered a purse snatcher last week as she was vacuuming out her car at the gas station.

"Corner of my eye, I saw this guy leaning over in my car and he had my purse and my keys and I hollered, I know you didn't! His back was turned to me and I yelled, sir! And he turned around and when he did, I kind of kicked him between the legs. He fell down enough to get in my face, I was able to be face to face with him and I just straight weigh-layed him."

She pried her purse and keys from his hands and ran into the gas station bathroom. The lady vacuuming her car next to Bolen called police. Bolen has diabetes and kidney disease and was frankly surprised she had the strength to fight him.

"Been in and out of the hospital, gotten so weak, lost a lot of weight, a lot of muscle as well."

Bolen is no stranger to physical activity, always athletic and staying in shape. Tonight, Bolen is glad both she and her family are safe.

"I'm grateful number one that my kids wasn't with me. And I'm grateful that I'm safe and not hurt worse than I am. It could have turned into something tragically I guess."

The man was arrested and thrown in jail. A local doctor treated Bolen for free after he heard what happened. Her children call her their hero.

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