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92-year-old woman fights off home invader
JASPER COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel
A 92-year-old woman summoned her strength and her ability to think quickly when she fought off an attacker during a home invasion.
The victim described the attack and how she was able to survive.
"I was laying on that side over there on my right side and he was standing right there and he hollered wake up and he slammed that pillow on my face," Opal Phelps of Jasper describes this as the beginning of her worst nightmare.
At 92-years-old, in all those years, she's never had a night like Monday.
"He had on some mask with big eye holes and he had on a big black cap on and jacket and gloves," Phelps says.
The intruder broke a kitchen window, hopped inside the home and went to her bedroom.
"He just keep hollering shut up, shut up and I would yell everytime he got his hand off my mouth," Phelps said.
It was the beginning of a fight.
Phelps was ready to take on the intruder.
"He'd try to make me shut up, but he didn't have no luck at it," Phelps describes.
And if luck wasn't on his side, he also had to deal with a 92-year-old homeowner who had a few tricks up her sleeve.
"Give me 20 dollars, I won't hurt you and I said I don't have any. And he said where you're purse and I said I don't know, I can't remember," Phelps said.
And she didn't stop there.
"He said get up and get your shoes on and I said I can't walk," Phelps said, her eyes glowing.
She slowly mapped out her plan to stay safe, and another idea quickly hit her.
"He was down there, had a hold of my leg, trying to put them shoes on and they hard to get on and I just took my other foot and kicked him right in the face," Phelps says.
Then she saw her life alert on the nightstand.
"He reached and he brought it up and when he did, I hit that red light and that's when that man said this is medical alert, emergency emergency," Phelps said.
When he heard that, the home invader ran from her bedroom.
"Gun was in here slides it," she describes, pointing to her bed board."He was just hunting everything and he got the gun."
Once he ran, Phelps laid on the bed, worried he might still be in the home.
She was surrounded by pictures from her younger years, a reminder of a strong woman then and now.
"I'm going to stay here. I told that cop I was getting me another gun. He says get it. I'm going to use it next time I think," Phelps said.
If you have any information about the attack, call the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.