January 7, 2015 1:21 PM EST

A 91-year-old in Horn Lake, Mississippi, awoke Saturday and found a gun pointed at her.

“He said something about, ‘You know, I could shoot your brains out,'” the great grandmother, who asked to remain anonymous, told WMC Action News 5.

“I said, ‘You do know where you’d go,’ ” she continued. “‘I’m going to a better place. I’m going to heaven. You’re going to hell.'”

“I said, ‘You’ve got to think about that. Would you want that to happen?’ He didn’t say a word,” she added, before finishing, “He turned around and he stared at the wall and then all at once, he turned on his heels, walked back out in that hallway.”

The woman’s words failed to stop the robber from relieving her of several hundred dollars in cash, though. And police have little to go on: The streetlights in the neighborhood don’t reach to her house, so she can’t identify the robber. But she’s thankful nonetheless.

“I just knew I was fixing to die, but I said, ‘Oh God, please don’t. Take care of me.’ And I guess he heard me,” she said.

The purse and money were reportedly later returned.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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