Yakima woman outsmarts robbers

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Shirley Dusseault went to the Walmart on 64th Ave and Nob Hill to buy a birthday gift for her four year old grandson. She says it wasn't until she drove down the road that she found herself taken by surprise and fearing for her life.

She says her first thought was, "I don't want to die, don't kill me."
That was shortly after two men jumped into the middle of the street forcing her to swerve and pull off to the side of the road. She went to lock her car door, but accidently hit the wrong button.

One of the men jumped into her car, and demanded she hand over cash. After finding only seven dollars, he attempted to take her truck. When she refused, he threw her oxygen tank onto the ground, and slapped her across the face. But he didn't stop there.

"And was cutting me, and I said stop stop and I was of course I was bleeding a little bit and he got blood on him. and then I said do you so and so I said "I have AIDS," which I don't. But thinking that would scare them and it did," says Dusseault.

The two men immediately took off and hid in a nearby orchard.

Police say this is unusual, but the best thing she could have done is drive away..and not pull off the road.
"You could drive a short distance where you're safe, but you could keep eyes on and then make the call to 911. And get one of our patrol offers in the area to find out what's going on, but a scenario like this can be really tough and there are people who will prey on the good natured people in Yakima," said Lieutenant Mike Merryman