Elderly woman defends herself with hammer in home invasion


THOMASVILLE — An elderly woman defended herself with a hammer in a home invasion and chased the offender from her residence, according to reports.

The intruder, a 15-year-old male, pushed the woman down.

"A 70-year-old lady said he had forced his way into her mobile home," said Capt. Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff's Office chief investigator. "She was able to grab a hammer and defend herself."

The woman knew her attacker and provided officers with a good description of the individual.

"He was found in the mobile home park. He lives there," Watkins said.

The woman was at her North Pinetree Boulevard home alone when she heard a knock on the door and opened the door. The teen forced his way in, the investigator said.

Watkins said outdoor areas around doors should be well-lit. Before opening a door, look outside to see who is there. Install a peep hole in a solid door, he added.

The teen is being held at the Loftiss Regional Youth Detention Center in Thomasville. He is charged with home invasion and cruelty to person 65 or older.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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