FORT WORTH -- A 74-year-old hairstylist greeted beauty-shop patrons Wednesday morning with a story of her own: She had been robbed at gunpoint in her southeast Fort Worth home the night before.
"I was semi-asleep watching TV about 10 p.m. when he came in through the unlocked patio door and said, 'Give me your money,'" Joyce Patton said Wednesday night. "I told him I didn't have any."
She said the robber asked her to get into bed, cover her head and not call police. "I felt like if I obeyed him, I would be OK," said Patton, who is the mother of two, grandmother of three and great-grandmother of four.
The man grabbed her purse and fled, leaving a trail of its contents through a neighbor's yard, including her eyeglasses case and checkbook.
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Patton's biggest concern was losing her billfold, which contained no money but did hold ID, debit and insurance cards. But someone found it in a drain and returned it and its untouched contents to her home on Vel Drive.
Patton admitted feeling a little tense Wednesday but otherwise unfazed by the robbery. "God takes care of us," she said. "I guess I'm just disappointed, but I'm thankful it went as well as it did."
She also learned a valuable lesson.
"I won't be leaving my doors unlocked anymore," she said.
Patton, who has been a hairstylist for more than half a century, said it made for a good story at work at Forest Hill No. 1 Beautique.
"Everyone was shocked," she said. "They said I was brave."
She shares her home with a man who is legally blind. He was in his bedroom and slept through the ordeal.
"George [McMeans] has the same last name as the policeman who came to our home," Patton said. "We had a good laugh over that."
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367