The British woman who was caught on video earlier this week fighting off six men as they robbed a jewelry store has been identified as Ann Timson, a 71-year-old grandmother. Timson told a local newspaper that she ran across the street to attack the men because she thought they were beating up a kid, CBS News reports. She says:
My mother's instinct kicked in and I ran across the road shouting at the lads to stop it ... I was not going to stand by and watch someone take a beating, so I intervened. As I got closer, I saw it was a robbery — and then I was even more angry that they felt they could get away with that in broad daylight.
Timson says one burglar raised a hammer to attack her, but generally the men "seemed mesmerized." As for whether she would've attacked the men if she knew they were armed robbers, she said,
In the cold light of day I know I put myself in danger, but I'd probably do the same again. I'm not a hero, but somebody had to do something.
Hero Granny Identified [CBS News]