Clarese Gainey, a 65-year-old woman from Gainesville, Florida, is gaining the respect and admiration of people everywhere after taking on a large, half-naked robber single-handed with only a metal baseball bat for protection.
Gainey reportedly looked out her window early Sunday morning to see Antonio Mosley, 5'6", 300 pounds, and wearing only boxers, yanking at her car door, trying to get in.
She prepared herself:
"I grab my bat, I brace myself, and I ease the door open."
Mosley then reportedly charged her, but wasn't prepared for Gainey to respond in kind:
"I took that bat and hit him upside the head like 'pi-yah!' He said 'Ow!'"
MUST WATCH: 65-year-old Clarese Gainey of #Gainesville tells @JosslynCBS4 how she slugged a half-naked, 300-pound a… https://t.co/dFy09Z2ksy— CBS4 Gainesville (@CBS4 Gainesville)1555457121.0
Mosley then fled to a nearby trailer park, where he was discovered by tracking dogs shortly thereafter in a new pair of pants with cocaine in his pocket.
@mycbs4 @JosslynCBS4 Pi-YOWWWW— Will Maxwell (@Will Maxwell)1555527060.0
Police brought Mosley back to Gainey to be identified. She was easily able to recognize both his face and the dent from her trusty bat.
@mycbs4 @JosslynCBS4 "He left his jeans behind" Yeah I'll bet he left his genes behind...on that bat— Timmay (@Timmay)1555678476.0
Mosley is currently in custody at the Alachua County Jail for two counts of burglary and drug possession.
He should ultimately be thankful—things could have turned out a lot worse for him, according to Gainey:
"He better be glad I didn't have a gun. Because I would have shot him. But this is my gun right here (baseball bat). Because I gone 'Pi-yow!'"
@mycbs4 @NewsValerie @JosslynCBS4 I love her!!! Captain Marvel!!!— Chriseve Lyons (@Chriseve Lyons)1555460390.0
Twitter immediately fell in love with Gainey for her spirit and gumption!
Let me introduce you to this firecracker! Ms. Clarese Gainey slugged a half-naked 300 pound man in the head with a… https://t.co/ukcsesmj0k— Josslyn Howard (@Josslyn Howard)1555451296.0
@JosslynCBS4 What a queen.— Amanda Rosa (@Amanda Rosa)1555529160.0
@JosslynCBS4 Love this— David Hatter (@David Hatter)1555574458.0
To stop crime in its tracks, everyone needs a bat ASAP!
@JosslynCBS4 Crime reduction plan is in place— Jeff T (@Jeff T)1555469670.0
@JosslynCBS4 @AndyParas Just sitting here waiting for the remix. Internet, do your thing.— Austin Atkinson (@Austin Atkinson)1555451840.0
Gainey is the real superhero we all need in our lives.
@JosslynCBS4 This is my newest hero!!! I love firery lil old folks! They are the best kind. Bet she's the funnest granny ever— Hannah Walker (@Hannah Walker)1555640134.0
@ABC7News . #GrandmaBadAss https://t.co/oQmt20qQSX— 🚬 🍷 I Am Not Sorry 🍷 🚬 (@🚬 🍷 I Am Not Sorry 🍷 🚬)1555635559.0
@DaveKIRO7 @KIRO7Seattle Get em granny! 💪— sara o (@sara o)1555534159.0
PIE-YOW should be the new punch sound in all our minds.
@DaveKIRO7 I’m here for the PAYOW grandma GIFs— JMACK (@JMACK)1555540539.0
@VR0W @DaveKIRO7 @APbased95 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/3HIE8ldGfS— Add Your Name (@Add Your Name)1555546082.0
Well done, Ms. Gainey, we hope you don't have to defend yourself again anytime soon.
But, if you do, we know you're up to the task. PIE-YOW!
@DaveKIRO7 @ClancyKIRO7 This woman is fantastic.— Jillian Raftery (@Jillian Raftery)1555532141.0