A woman narrowly escaped being killed in an armed robbery when she dared the gunman to shoot her. At 1:14 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, a 54-year-old woman was smoking a cigarette outside a building on Grand Street when she was approached by two unknown men. The first man pointed a firearm at her head and asked for her wallet, saying, "I'll shoot you, bitch." The woman replied that she had no wallet - and he didn't "have the balls" to shoot her. The gunman then pointed his firearm at her chest while a male accomplice urged the first man to shoot her, saying, "Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!" The second man started grabbing stuff out of the woman's car when a second woman came out of the nearby building and noticed the robbery-in-progress. The second woman and the second thug began fighting over the property. When the second robber kicked the second woman, a third woman came out and was confronted by the second thief and told to give up her purse. She replied she had no purse and then called 911, causing both of the robbers to flee northbound on Greene Street. The two men had a female accomplice, thought to be a lookout. Police arrived and searched the area but were unable to locate the three thieves. Items stolen included an Apple iPad Mini in a silver leather case valued at $375, $600 in cash, one pair of reading glasses and two pairs of sunglasses valued at $450, makeup worth $100, a Samsung Galaxy S2 cell phone, home keys, a green card, a Pennsylvania driver's license, and debit cards.
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