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Marjorie Perkins was awakened around 2 a.m. on July 26 to a person standing above her bed.
"I woke up to see a male standing over me by my bed, telling me he was going to cut me," Perkins told News Center Maine.
The retired teacher said she jumped out of bed and put on her shoes "real fast" so she was "ready to kick."
"I thought to myself, ‘If he’s going to cut, I’m going to kick.’ So I jumped into my shoes,” she told the Times Record.
The intruder grabbed Perkins by the shoulders and shoved her against the wall. The intruder punched her in the forehead, causing a bruise.
Perkins said she picked up a chair for self-defense and "kept hitting him" with it. She said, "Thank God I had the chair between us. It would’ve been worse."
The home intruder then retreated to the kitchen at the home in Brunswick, Maine.
The home invader told Perkins that he was "very hungry," so she gave him peanut butter and crackers.
"I kept saying, ‘You need to get out. You need help,'" Perkins said. "He said he was awfully hungry and hadn’t had anything to eat for quite a while. And I said, 'Well, here’s a box of peanut butter and honey crackers. You can have that whole box.' I gave him two containers of Ensure and I gave him two tangerines."
While the intruder was eating, Perkins called the police from a rotary phone "as fast as [she] could."
The intruder escaped the home before the police arrived. However, a dog with the Brunswick Police Department tracked down the suspect a few blocks away.
Perkins said the suspect was 17 years old and was carrying a water bottle full of alcohol.
The suspect was taken to the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. He faces charges of burglary, criminal threatening, assault, and consuming liquor as a minor.
Authorities have declined to identify the intruder.
Police said the intruder's pants, shoes, and a knife were found near a window air conditioning unit – where the home invader is suspected of breaking into the house. The teen is believed to have moved the air conditioner's side panel and snuck into the home through the gap.
A neighbor gave Perkins a bat and had a worker reinforce the air conditioner side panel with screws.
When it comes to home invasions, Perkins said people can't play the victim and need to be ready to fight.
"Don't sit and cry about it. … Be ready to kick and pick up a chair and hit somebody with it," Perkins said while laughing.
Perkins said of her attacker, "I hope he gets help."
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.