Three teens affiliated with Milwaukees notorious CT Mob thought they had easy prey when they spotted this pairbut they tangled with the wrong women.”>
They messed with the wrong Wisconsin women.
It was around 6:30 p.m., and Miriam Ben-Shalom and her life partner, Karen Weiss, had just finished a musical matinee. They pulled into Hotel Metro, ready to round out their theater date with a fancy French dinner.
But as they drove to the valet parking stand, they soon learned a band of wanted car thieves was right behind them. Ben-Shalom, 68, told cops she was fetching Weisss walker from the trunk when she spotted the valet attendant on the ground, struggling to push a teenage attacker off him.
So the Army veteran and renowned lesbian activist tackled the alleged thief, 50 years her junior, and pinned him to the pavement.
So I realize its probably a real gun, and Im looking at this kid as I put my hands up and back away, Ben-Shalom said. The attempted carjacker then hopped into his getaway car and sped off before police arrived.
Undeterred, Ben-Shalom and Weiss had dinner at the hotel, where front-desk attendants gave them high-fives and cheered, You go, girl. Milwaukee police called to the scene then interviewed the couple of 23 years as they shared cocktails and oysters, according to Ben-Shalom.
On Facebook the next day, the former drill sergeant had a message for the carjackers: Big brave fuckers, to try to jack a car from a disabled person . Lesson: dont jack cars and do not mess with old lady veterans.
The takedown is just Ben-Shaloms latest feat of derring-do.
The former English teacher made history by fighting the militarys ban on gay service members. In 1976, Ben-Shalom was kicked out of the Army for identifying as a lesbian. At the time, she was one of few female drill sergeants, and in 1988, became the first openly gay person to be re-enlisted in the Army by court order.