CAPE CORAL, Fla. - She may be 82, but don't mess with her. A Cape Coral grandmother's sharp tongue landed her in jail. She told WINK her side of the story.
Stalking... Aggravated Assault... some pretty serious charges, for a grandmother?
"I don't think they had a right to do that, to persecute me like that, I don't think he has the right to do that," Viola Heineman said.
Minutes after Heineman got out of jail, she told us her story. She says it all started with a confrontation with her neighbor, Patrick Kenny.
"He grabbed me by the arm, he says I want to know whose car that is that parks in your driveway every day and I said that's none of your business," Heineman said. "I said if you must know, it is a woman who is my caregiver."
After that, Heineman says she couldn't bite her tongue. According to the police report, Kenny and his mother say Heineman called 9 times, making vulgar, degrading comments. When an officer and victim's advocate stopped by her house, they say she threatened to hit the advocate with her cane.
"I didn't mean to hit her, I just lifted it up too fast," Heineman said. "It was a stupid thing for me to do and I know that but anyway, I did it, and that's why they took me to jail today. They came here, I am 82 years old, first time I ever went to jail in my life."
She says she's learned her lesson. "I won't call anyone up in this neighborhood."
Kenny and his mother have requested a restraining order. Heineman says she plans to do the same.