Awesome Woman Uses Sword, Medieval Combat Training To Stop Home Intruder

He messed with the wrong woman, and allegedly barged into the wrong house.

An Indianapolis man clearly decided to make his way into the wrong home after he was almost sliced up with a Japanese sword. CBS News reports Karen Dolley woke up early Friday morning to find 30-year-old Jacob Wessel, a stranger, inside her house.


Jacob Wessel. Photo: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

What Wessel, 30, may not have realized is that Dolley is trained in medieval combat. She also owns a massive Japanese combat sword left over from her days as an 18-year-old fighter in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that “re-create arts and skills from Europe prior to the 17th Century.”

Not only did the ballsy 43-year-old woman begin to punch the 5’10” Wessel, but she also managed to grab her sword.

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It is 440C stainless steel, it has an edge and it will cut,” Dolley told CBS.

After wrestling Wessel to the ground and holding him at sword-point, with her other free hand Dolley dialed 911. Wessel knew Dolley wasn’t messing around, and thankfully he obeyed her commands. Dolley noted, “If he would have behaved in a slightly different manner he would not have gotten out of here alive.”

Wessel was high on an unknown substance, the report said, and was taken to the hospital after his arrest. After he was released, police charged the man with residential burglary.

Dolley says that if Wessel had moved in the wrong direction or failed to listen to her, “I would have swung the sword at him or I would have stabbed him,” she said.

Instead, she said Wessel simply apologized on his way out in handcuffs. “At the end of the day, I’m glad to know that even if I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m not going down without a fight,” Dolley said to IndyStar.

Read more:  CBS 4 Indy

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