MARION, Ind. - An intruder didn’t get away with anything except for injuries after a Marion couple sent him running from their home.
A robbery suspect broke into a detached garage on East Swayzee Street on Monday night, officers with the Marion Police Department said.
Police said the suspect grabbed a large wrench and duct tape and then broke some glass to get into the couple’s home. The homeowners, believed to be in their 60s, confronted the man after he broke in through their back door.
Authorities said the suspect asked Don Kearney for his gun, but he said he did not have one. That’s when Patty Kearney asked the suspect if he had a gun. He said no and she began beating him with a wooden back scratcher she had been carrying, police said.
Patty then picked up the large wrench the suspect had laid down and continued to beat him, police said.
"I don't think he expected an overweight woman on oxygen to attack him, I really don't," Patty said.
Patty said the intruder had ordered her to use the duct tape to tie up her husband, but she said she knew if she tied him up they would be done. She said anger eclipsed her fear and she instinctively fought to protect her family.
The suspect ran away from the home and the couple was not injured. The man was described as white, 5 feet 7 inches and was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt and a plastic mask over his face.
The Kearneys have since added security measures to their home including an alarm system.
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