This 99-year-old hostage was freed after she told her captor to “knock it off,” is our hero
When you’re almost a century old, you don’t give AF. Which is probably what saved Doris Rucker Wasden’s life. The 99-year-old woman was held hostage on the weekend by an armed gunman for nearly two hours in her home in West Valley City, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, but she escaped with relative ease.
Wasden lives with her granddaughter, CJ Montoya, and her granddaughter’s fiancé, Jim Gabbard. Gabbard managed to escape the accused, Freddy Alexander Velasquez, but not before Velasquez told him, “Give me your car keys or I’m going to kill you.’”
Despite that confrontation, Wasden didn’t hear what was happening until she actually came face-to-face with Velasquez herself.
“I just got back in bed and he come in again and then he started to talk to me. And I said ‘I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you,’” she told Fox 13. “And then he realized I was a very old woman, so he was pretty nice to me after that.”
It was only after she scolded him — as a typical grandmother would — that he decided to let his hostage go.
"He was rifling through the drawers, making a mess, spilling things all over and she has her 100th birthday party one week from today," Gabbard told KSL. "And her words to him were, 'I just had this house cleaned for my party and you are messing it up. You better knock it off.'"
And he did.
After the hostage incident, Velasquez was arrested leaving the scene of the crime and faces six felony charges, including robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
Thankfully no one was injured, although the whole experience left Wasden understandably shaken.
“I never felt afraid of him. But I and the dog were a little shaky,” Wasden told Fox 13 of her time with the intruder.
Could have fooled us! Wasden proves that we not only get better with age — we get more badass.