June 18, 2009

Widow pulls pink gun on handyman

Authorities in Florida said a scrappy 69-year-old widow pulled a pink pistol on a handyman she thought was going through her jewelry box.

Christa Taft-Mueller, 69, of Naples, said she brandished her pink-handled Walther P22 semi-automatic handgun after she found the handyman, who was supposed to be fixing the pocket door leading to her bedroom, hovering over her jewelry box, the Naples (Fla.) Daily News reported Friday.

My hands were shaking so much, Taft-Mueller said in her German accent. And the guy said, 'Is that pistol loaded?' I said, 'Of course it is. It's ready for you. It's ready for you, honey.'

The Collier County Sheriff's Office said the handyman, whose name was not released, said he was only looking for an outlet to plug in a tool and will not be charged with a crime since nothing was missing from Taft-Mueller's bedroom.

There was no evidence that a crime occurred, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.

The 69-year-old widow said the night would have ended differently if she had known the handyman would not be charged.

I would have shot him, Taft-Mueller said. I definitely would have shot him. Definitely.