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I Went Bam Four Times': Crook Who Targeted 63-Year-Old Woman's Home Likely Didn't Expect Her to Use Such an Odd Tool to Defend Herself

"I don't think he expected an overweight woman on oxygen to attack him."

Patty Kearney grabbed a back scratcher and started beating an intruder in her home. (Image source: WRTV-TV)

A robbery suspect's wrench and duct tape were no match for what an Indiana woman had to fend him off.

Patty and Don Kearney of Marion, Indiana, confronted the male suspect who broke into their home Monday night. When Patty Kearney, who WXIN-TV reported is 63 years old, found out the suspect did not have a gun, she proceeded to beat him with a wooden back scratcher.

"I don't think he expected an overweight woman on oxygen to attack him, I really don't," Patty Kearney told WRTV-TV.

Patty Kearney grabbed a back scratcher and started beating an intruder in her home. (Image source: WRTV-TV) Patty Kearney grabbed a back scratcher and started beating an intruder in her home. (Image source: WRTV-TV)

She went onto explain that the intruder demanded firearms from them, which they didn't have.

"And I looked and him and said, 'Do you have a gun?' He said, 'No,' and I don't know what happened, I snapped," she recalled, throwing her hands up.

Patty Kearney demonstrated how she grabbed the back scratcher and "went bam all the way."

"Then I saw the wrench and I picked the wrench up, which is this little baby," she said holding the metal tool, "and I went out this back door and I went bam four times until he got right to the old back door and went out."

She later picked up a wrench he dropped and hit him until he fled.  (Image source: WRTV-TV) She later picked up a wrench he dropped and hit him until he fled. (Image source: WRTV-TV)

WRTV reported that the suspect is still at large. He is described as a white male who was wearing a green sweatshirt and a plastic mask on his face at the time.

Watch WRTV-TV's report:

Since the incident, the Kearney's added an alarm system to their home.

“If he hadn’t have got out that back door, I’d have beat him to death. And I know I would’ve because I was that mad at that person in my house for doing this to me,” Patty Kearney told WXIN.

Here's WXIN's report of the incident:

(H/T: WKMG-TV)

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