A woman trained in medieval combat successfully fought off an intruder who broke her into her Indianapolis home on Friday, according to KTLA sister station WXIN.
Karen Dolley, 43, woke up to found the man standing in her hallway early in the morning and instinctively began protecting herself.
“I could see the guy standing right about here and I just came out of the bathroom and started punching get out, get out, get out,” Dolley told the local TV station.
Dolley punched him in the face at least 10 times before she grabbed her large Japanese combat sword, according to the station.
“It is 440C stainless steel, it has an edge and it will cut,” she said.
Dolley then called 911 and used the sword’s blade to hold the intruder to the ground until police arrived, the station reported.
The suspect, identified by WXIN as 30-year-old Jacob Wessel was taken into custody, then transported to a hospital to be examined. He was later arrested.
Wessel was alleged to have been high on an unknown substance at the time, according to the television station. He told officers he was hiding from someone.
“He was so out of it,” Dolley said.
Wessel did not put up a fight, and Dolley said he even apologized as police escorted him out.
“If he would have behaved in a slightly different manner he would not have gotten out of here alive,” she added.