An elderly Pennsylvania woman told her would-be rapist she was HIV positive to avoid being sexually assaulted (video below).
The incident occurred on Feb. 17 at around 3 p.m., WOGL reported. Helen Reynolds, 88, had just returned home from the store when a young man knocked on her door pretending to be an apartment maintenance worker.
"He pushed himself in," Reynolds told CBS Local.
What began as a burglary turned into an assault that reportedly lasted for about three hours. Reynolds said the man started rummaging for cash, taking just $40. He then duct-taped her hands, head and mouth.
"I said, 'Would you do this to your mother to bother her like you are doing me?'" Reynolds recalled.
"Shhh," the suspect responded, according to Reynolds.
The unidentified suspect, whom Reynolds described as a black male in his early 20s, began undressing her and threw her on a bed face-down. Reynolds tried fighting him off by kicking him in the groin.
"Maybe I really hurt him. I don't know and I really don't care," Reynolds said.
Then Reynolds got more creative.
"That's when I told him that I had HIV and my husband died of it, which is a lie," she explained.
"He didn't bother me," Reynolds continued. "That's when he got out his piece of wire that he had in his pocket with the tape and everything and tied my ankles together.
"When I said that he just walked out of the bedroom. That's the comment that saved my life."
The suspect fled Reynolds' home. She then chewed through the duct tape and alerted her neighbor.
"It was all about me and my God and he helped me out," Reynolds said.
Reynolds said her message to women her age is to never stop fighting. When recently asked about the suspect, who is still at large, she showed no remorse.
"I have nothing good to say about him," Reynolds told Sky News. "Nothing at all. Put him in jail, and leave the sucker there."
The attack came just five days after another young male intruder assaulted a 72-year-old woman in East Brandywine Township, just 14 miles away from Reynolds' home, WOGL reported. The woman was locked in a closet and not found for four days.
The victim was hospitalized and police have since arrested the suspect, who was just 17 years old. The teen is now facing charges of attempted homicide, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, and strangulation.