In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO), the woman, who is in her 40s and preferred not to have her name published, said at about 1:30 p.m. last Thursday, she was talking to someone on her Samsung Galaxy S4 near the Castries cathedral when the culprit – in his early 20’s – grabbed her phone and attempted to flee.
However, the woman’s swift – and damaging – reaction stopped him in his tracks.
A knee to the stomach brought the thief down immediately, and from then on he received blows repeatedly.
An elbow blow busted the young man’s nose.
According to the woman, she was told later that the culprit also sustained two broken ribs.
“He didn’t have any time to retaliate because I continued to deliver knees and elbows to his upper torso,” she told SNO.
By that time, a crowd started to gather. She said people in the crowd were encouraging her to “kill him, kill him” but she noted she is not a violent person and only reacted naturally in self-defense.
The police was called and the young man was taken away.
The woman, who is a St. Lucian living overseas, said she did not press for any charges against the culprit because she is due to leave the island soon, and would not have had the time to stick around for a case which would’ve taken months to be completed in the courts.
She said she was only interested in getting back her phone, which was returned.
She further told St. Lucia News Online that she was surprised that the man attempted to rob her at a time when the streets are busy with human and vehicular traffic.
Otherwise, it was “just an ordinary day” for her.
A police source confirmed the incident but could not immediately say if the culprit is still in hospital.