Woman Fights Back Against Home Invaders With a Wrench - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Woman Fights Back Against Home Invaders With a Wrench

Attack leaves victim bloodied and home ransacked



    A home invasion left a woman and her husband hurt in Kensington. NBC10's Jesse Gary reports on what the woman used to fight back. (Published Friday, Sept. 20, 2013)

    A woman was left bloodied after fighting back against home invaders overnight.

    Two armed men wearing hoodies with their faces covered burst through two locks on the front door of a row house on the 2000 block of E Madison Street in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

    The men immediately began beating the woman, according to Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    The commotion woke up the 49-year-old woman’s 70-year-old husband. He came to her defense but wasn’t able to stop the intruders.

    The woman, however, wasn’t done battling back.

    "She put up a fight, she told us, and so did her husband, that she was struggling with one of the males who pulled her down to the floor inside the first floor dining room and she said that she grabbed a wrench and struck this perpetrator," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    The woman told investigators she wasn't sure where she hit the attacker but that she was certain she struck him somewhere, said Small.

    The young men then ran upstairs and began ransacking the home, even ripping a section of ceiling down, according to police.

    The attack left the woman “bleeding heavily,” said Small.

    "(She) received injuries to her head, face and mouth."

    The woman was hospitalized after the incident in stable condition. The attackers got away. It wasn't clear what they took from the home.

    Officers warned that people shouldn’t fight back and that it could have been worse for this couple..

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.


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