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Woman, 63, fends off intruder with back scratcher

Published On: Jun 19 2014 03:56:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2014 04:59:22 PM CDT
Woman beats intruder with back scratcher

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MARION, Ind. (WXIN) -

Bet you never knew a back scratcher and a wrench could fight off an intruder.

A central Indiana couple simply told a crook no way and took matters into their own hands.

It's scary and simply a miracle Patty and Donald Kearney weren't hurt. The man came in to their house wielding tape and a wrench and starting asking them if they had a gun, even threatening to tape them up. Patty Kearney quickly defended herself, despite her physical ailments.

She's 63 and on oxygen, but Kearney was determined not to become a victim.

"I have COPD, lung cancer," she said, "Guy had a hockey mask on and I almost started laughing."

Kearney and her husband were watching television around 9:30 on Monday night, when they heard a crash in the back room. Her husband went to check it out.

"I had stood up at that point. I was going to go out there and ask him what was going on, and I saw him backing up, out of the back porch with his hands in the air saying please don't hurt us," she said.

Kearney said the next few moments were tense. The burglar had a wrench, asked about a gun, and demanded money. But when she figured out the crook didn't have a gun, it was game on.

"I'm going to fight," she said.

Kearney grabbed a back scratcher and kept hitting the burglar until the man dropped the wrench. She picked it up and forced him out, eventually hitting the man in the head with the wrench multiple times, according to her. She said he left bleeding.

"I said not in my house, not in my house, and I boom, boom, boom," she said, "I just hit him in the head, hit him in the head, hit him until he got right there, and I hit him once more and he ran out the door."

The man ran away, lucky for him, because Kearney said she wasn't going to stop.

"If he hadn't have got out that back door, I'd have beat him to death. And I know I would've because I was that mad at that person in my house for doing this to me," she said.

With her sense of security gone, Kearney said she's proud for what she did, defending her home against an unwanted guest.

"Somebody invaded my house," she said.

Marion police did collect evidence at the scene. They are trying to identify a suspect, but the man is still out there.

Patty and her husband had a security system installed. She said she's keeping the wrench close, too.

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