Crime

Indianapolis Woman Fights Off Home Intruder With Sword And Medieval Combat Skills

| by Brendan Kelly
Left: Karen Dolley, Right: Dolley's swordLeft: Karen Dolley, Right: Dolley's sword

A home intruder learned a hard lesson when he broke into the home of a woman he did not want to mess with.

Karen Dolley, 43, heard a man’s voice coming from her living room when she was in bed on the night of Oct. 8, the IndyStar reported.

Jacob Wessel, 30, said he was running from someone and picked a random house to hide from the person allegedly after him, according to Mad World News. Little did he know, he picked the wrong house -- Dolley had a secret that was possibly more terrifying than the situation he was trying to escape.

Dolley, who lives alone, ran into the hallway, where she found Wessel. As it turns out, Dolley is trained in medieval combat and owns a sword.

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Dolley told the Star that when she came across the man, she sprang into action and punched him over 10 times. She then allegedly reached for her gun, but opened the wrong drawer and grabbed her Japanese-style ninja sword instead. She pinned Wessel to the ground and cornered him with the sword against his chest, holding him there until police showed up.

Dolley didn’t cut Wessel, but her sword was freshly sharpened, so one wrong move could’ve meant bad news for the intruder.

Wessel was arrested and charged with residential entry. He appeared to be high on an unknown substance, according to the Associated Press.

“At the end of the day, I’m glad to know that even if I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m not going down without a fight,” Dolley told The Star on Oct. 9.

Sources: My Fox Boston, Mad World News, The Star

Photo Credit: My Fox Boston, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.