HEMET (CBSLA.com) — A Hemet woman who awoke to find a burglar at her bedside Saturday turned the tables on the intruder by brandishing an ax.
Robyn Irvine said she was asleep in bed with her cat when she heard a clicking sound and awoke to feel a stranger trying to remove the watch from her wrist.READ MORE: Palisades Fire: Hundreds Under Evacuation, 1 Detained For Questioning In Arson Investigation
“He was kneeled down right here face-to-face with me,” Irvine said.
The former ax-throwing competitor grabbed the weapon she keeps by her side at all times.
“He froze at first. I shocked him with my voice and then he took off. There was no way I could’ve caught him but I could’ve thrown it,” said Irvine, adding that she could have paralyzed the suspect by striking him in the spine.
Hemet police arrested 22-year-old Nicholas Uolla on suspicion of burglary and said they found several items in his possession belonging to Irvine.READ MORE: Israel Continues Air Assault On Gaza Strip, Almost 200 Palestinians Killed
According to Irvine, two people were in her home rummaging through her things, including her parents’ urns and food in the kitchen.
“They had sandwiches, they had soda,” Irvine said.
She does not know the intruder but said her daughter does.
Irvine has been the victim of attempted burglaries in the past, but said this was the first time burglars actually entered her home.
She has since boarded up her front door and warns burglars that next time could be their last.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed Outside Hacienda Heights Gas Station
“If you’re in my house, you’re not walking out,” she said.