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HOUSTON (AP) — An 83-year-old Houston woman has foiled a would-be robber by tossing a pot of boiling water on him.

Lillie McClendon says she noticed things out of place and a side window open at her home Sunday when a man confronted her, tried choking her and demanded money.

McClendon, who's lived in her home more than 50 years, tells Houston television station KTRK (http://abc13.co/1pUtXBb) she wasn't going to surrender. She fought off the intruder by grabbing a stick and tried to hit him.

She says at one point she told the man he should be ashamed of himself and asked: "What kind of momma you got that raised you up like this?"

Then she got hold of a pot of boiling water from the stove and doused him.

He fled.

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