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article imageElderly woman fights off intruder wearing pumpkin mask

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 30, 2010 in Crime
Mayfield - An 88-year-old woman, who fought off a masked intruder who in her Kentucky home, said that she thinks she managed to hit a vital spot when she kicked him.
Kathryn Byassee found the intruder, who was wearing a pumpkin mask, in her kitchen around 5 a.m. on October 26.
"It was an accident I was up. I could not sleep," she told a reporter from WPSD News.
"He was in the kitchen and I met him there.”
Byassee, who is hard of hearing, had not heard the intruder come through her back door.
She asked “Who are you? How did you get in?”
The man did not speak, but became forceful with the elderly woman.
"We wrestled more or less until he got me in here," she said, indicating her bedroom to the reporter.
The intruder then attempted to cover her face with a pillow.
"It made me mad enough to do almost anything,” said Byassee. "I began to kick and I think I hit a vital spot and he left."
When she was alone, she tried to call for help with her emergency alert system, but the cables had been cut.
"I went to the front door and turned the light on and I saw the lady across the street leaving to go to work," she told WPSD.
She was able to get help from her neighbour, and police were called.
Byassee later realized that the intruder could easily have choked her or hit her over the head.
She does not feel that she was alone when he faced the stranger.
"The Lord was with me, every inch of the way,” she stated.
Her reason for telling her story on air was to inspire others her age and to remind people to be on the lookout.
Friends and family members are taking turns staying with her for now.
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