90-Year-Old Woman Uses "NCIS" to Trick Attacker

Rossmoor woman says she picked up crime-fighting tips from the TV procedural

By Olga Spilewsky and Olsen Ebright
|  Thursday, Dec 8, 2011  |  Updated 11:08 PM PDT
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A 90-year-old woman in Rossmoor not only helped create a sketch that resulted in the arrest of one of her alleged attackers.

Kim Baldonado, Sean Browning

A 90-year-old woman in Rossmoor not only helped create a sketch that resulted in the arrest of one of her alleged attackers.

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90-year-old OC Woman Speaks Out About Her Attack

One of two suspects was arrested today in connection with the alleged mugging of an elderly woman in Rossmoor. She's not speaking out about the incident. NBC4's Vikki Vargas sat down with her.

Raw Interview: Woman, 90, Describes Home Invasion

A 90-year-old Rossmoor describes a home invasion and how she used one of her favorite TV shows to attempt to catch the attackers.
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A 90-year-old woman in Rossmoor not only helped create a sketch that resulted in the arrest of one of her alleged attackers, she also credited the television show "NCIS" for helping her plan a ruse to obtain fingerprints.

Barbara, who did not want her last name used, was mugged by two men who tied her up in her home and ransacked it while stealing some of her valuables.

The woman went outside at about 11 a.m. Wednesday when she was confronted by the men.

"They forced her back into her residence, they tied her up to her chair, they physically removed her jewelry from her, ripping her blouse," said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

That's when her love of "NCIS," a procedural crime drama on CBS, inspired her to trick one of the men.

"I called to him and said, 'may I have that drink of water now,' thinking that I'd get fingerprints off the glass, but he had gloves on so they didn't get that," she said.

"I watch 'NCIS,' which I dearly love, and I've watched it all," Barbara said. "If there's a marathon on I'll sit and watch the whole thing. I think that some of that stuff I picked up from off of that."

During the entire incident, she remained calm and eventually used her Life Alert remote to call for help.

"I'm a graduate from UCLA and being a mathematician, everything that I do, I kind of think it through and figure it out," said the 90-year-old.

Thanks to her description of one of the attackers, police were able to create a composite sketch. An investigator saw the sketch and recognized the suspect from a similar case in Sunset Beach. After bringing in the 23-year-old parolee from Long Beach, authorities say she was able to pick the man out of a lineup.

A second suspect is on the loose.

Anyone with information was asked to call 855-TIP-OCCS, the Orange County Crime Stoppers Organization.

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