Michael Salame, 70, recently found himself fighting Timothy Adams, 24, who allegedly invaded the senior's Gardner, Massachusetts home at about 3 a.m. on Saturday.
According to CBS Boston, Adams broke into the home through a window, climbed in, but unwittingly walked out of the home via a door.
That's when Salame saw Adams stumbling over his trash cans and called 911. However, Adams went back into the house where he and Salame allegedly got into a fight in the foyer.
“He came in and that’s when I grabbed him by the throat and slammed him down on the floor and told him to stay on the floor and not to put his hands in his pockets. I didn’t know if he had a knife or a gun on him," recalled Salame.
“He managed to get up again and he tried to get up the staircase and I decked him three times with a right and he went down again. I give him three good rights. I caught him right in the face. He went down and he never got up again.”
Salame, who wears bracelets with metals straps on his arms at night, said: “That kind of worked as a weapon. It worked like a boxing glove.”
After Adams went down, he reportedly offered Salame $100,000 to allow him to leave, which the homeowner declined.
“He was so doped up. If he was sober or something it could have gone the other way but because he was so messed up, I grabbed him before he even knew what hit him. I thank God no one got hurt, besides him,” said Salame.
“[Salame] could have been seriously hurt, but certainly his age and his experiences in life helped him react to what was going on,” said Lt. John Bernard of the Gardner Police Department.
Adams was charged with breaking and entering and destruction of property.
Source: CBS Boston