72-Year-Old Man Fights Back, Shoots Armed Robbers

An elderly man in Madison, TN was targeted by a woman looking to clear a drug debt, but what she and her accomplices didn’t know was that their intended victim wasn’t going down without a bang!


Metro police confirmed the suspect, 26-year-old Molena Holt, admitted she had offered up the elderly man as a robbery victim in order to clear a $30 drug debt she owed Randall Caradine and another man.

WKRN reports:

Holt admitted to calling the elderly victim and asking him to drive her to Springfield. When the victim agreed, Holt allegedly asked him to stop at the Madison Manor Apartments on Old Hickory Boulevard so she could pick up some clothes.

According to a press release, when Holt walked behind a building, Caradine and another man allegedly approached the victim and demanded money at gunpoint before punching the elderly man in the neck and taking his wallet.

The victim then retrieved a handgun from his pocket and fired, striking 46-year-old Caradine.

The second unidentified suspect reportedly then drove Caradine to a repair shop down the street on Old Hickory Boulevard East so he could call 911. The driver pulled Caradine from the car and left him behind, police said.

Caradine was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center where he died.


The would-be victim, Robert James Johnson, credits his firearm skills for saving his life.

“I’m a good shooter,” he told News 2.

“They didn’t know who they were messing with,” Johnson said. “They messed with the wrong person that day.”

“I was getting the gun out at the same time while he was asking for the money, when he was asking for the money, talking – POW!  I shot that bastard,” Johnson said.

Wow, not so fun when the “victim” fights back, is it?

“I was robbed before and I didn’t have nothing then, and I said I’d never be robbed again,” Johnson said.

Police say the elderly man will not face any charges stemming from the obvious self-defense shooting.

Holt has previous convictions for drug possession and prostitution, is being held in jail in lieu of $100,000.

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