Last Friday, at around 1:30 p.m. at the Continental Market on Sawyer Street, two men approached the cashier and owner, Maria Duarte, and threatened her at gunpoint. They demanded she empty the cash register, but didn’t anticipate that there was an unlikely superhero lurking nearby. Duarte’s mother, Otilia Martins, who also was in the store at the time, emerged from an aisle and bravely walked past one of the men to access a bin of mangoes, which she then proceeded to pick up and hurl toward the other man behind the counter.
While she was tossing a couple of the softball-sized fruit at the man behind the counter, he made his way toward her, smacked her over the head with his gun, and then bolted out of the store. The 80-year-old Avengers candidate followed them out of the door screaming, where her son-in-law and a friend took notice of what was happening and chased the men up the street. They managed to pin one of the men down until the police were able to get there and arrest them.
The two men were identified as 32-year-old Jesse Dossantos and 22-year-old Eduardo Torres-Lopez. They both face a number of charges, including armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.
Meanwhile, the spriest grandmother in New Bedford refused a trip to the hospital, despite the wound to her head bleeding a lot, and chose to clean the injury herself at home.