Rome: A would-be thief has been charged with assault after coming off second-best while attempting to rob Lara Liotta, a prison officer and four time Italian women's karate champion.
The mugger asked for cigarette and when the 29-year-old said she didn't have one to give he seized her by the neck. Liotta responded with two punishing blows to the head which left her attacker on the ground.
The mugger had not recovered sufficiently to flee before Liotta arrived back from a nearby train station with police. She expressed disappointment that none of the many passers by stopped or tried to help her.