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88-year-old Pennsylvania woman stops rape by telling attacker she has HIV

March 3, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
88-year-old Pennsylvania woman stops rape by telling attacker she has HIV

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An 88-year-old elderly Pennsylvania woman used her wits to talk an assailant out of sexually assaulting her by lying and saying she had the HIV virus.

In an interview with WPVI-TV, Helen Reynolds said the suspect forced his way into her apartment in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania back on February 17th, and bound her with duct tape.

Reynolds said after the man had sifted through her purse, taking $40, he had prepared to rape her.

The woman said she stopped the man dead in his tracks after she told him that her late husband died of HIV and claimed she also was infected with the virus.

“I said to him, ‘Well, it’s like this, you might as well know the truth. I have HIV, and my husband died from it,’ which is a lie,” Reynolds said.

“When I said that, he just walked out of the bedroom. That’s the comment that saved my life,” the elderly woman proclaimed.

Reynolds added that the ruse worked just in time, as the attacker had already stripped her of her pants.

Police have yet to make any arrests.

During another home invasion in nearby Chester County last month, a 17-year-old boy tied up a 72-year-old woman and locked her in a closet, where she remained for four days. The suspect, in that case, was arrested and charged.

Police say the two incidents aren’t related.

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