A 66-year-old Indiana woman was at her home with her 7-year-old nephew Wednesday afternoon when she saw a man walking toward her front door. The homeowner Karen Long rushed to lock the door before the man was able to open it, but she didn’t get to it in time. The home intruder forced his way in, and a fight between the two ensued.
Long’s 7-year-old nephew was home sick from school, and he was crying in his room while the man was fighting with the boy’s aunt. As the burglar walked down the hallway where the boy was, Karen Long jumped on him, and they fell to the floor. During their fight, the man had kicked Long’s dog.
The man told Long not to look at him, but to give him her money, and she wouldn’t get hurt.
Long told Fox59, “I am 66. A lot of people consider that elderly, but that’s the new 40.” She threw a few punches but realized she needed something with a little more kick. She grabbed her Patriot .327 Magnum. “I had my gun up there, and I reached for it, and he heard me rack it,” she said. When he heard the sound, he took off.
She’s got a sign next to her front door that reads: “Warning: Due to price increase on ammo, do not expect a warning shot.” She didn’t even have to fire a warning shot. The mere sound of it was all that was needed to send the home intruder running.
Police say they have some very promising leads which will hopefully help them catch the burglar. The man apparently fled with a few of Long’s small belongings. And she sustained some bruising from the altercation. She promises that next time, she won’t be so nice: “They come back to this house they will not walk away,” she stated.