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Woman's stun gun, pit bull help stop intruder in her Beech Grove home

Posted at 4:58 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 17:03:46-04

BEECH GROVE, Ind. -- A Beech Grove woman says she is thankful for her son, her dog and her stun gun after a man broke into her home Tuesday morning while she was in the shower. 

Mary Wilhelm said she rescued her pitt bull, Harley, from a shelter a few years ago.

And Harley returned that favor on Tuesday, when he rescued her after a man broke into her 6th Avenue home in Beech Grove. 

Wilhelm said she had just gotten out of the shower when she heard a noise and noticed that a man had forced open her storm door. 

Next thing she knew, Wilhelm said the man was standing just feet away from her inside of her home, demanding her purse. She said she screamed and Harley came running in. "I reached down in my purse and he hit me. I was able to reach for my stun gun. I nailed him and then my dog got him... in the buttocks and the leg."

She said after Harley got ahold of him, the man ran.

Wilhelm's son, Justin, had been in the backyard when the intruder came in. He said he heard his mom scream and then saw the man running from the home, so he chased him. "I took off chasing him cause I seen him down 6th. I went off chasing him, but I did not catch him. He dipped away from me."

Police have a limited description of the suspect, but they are say they are looking for a white male, with a goatee. He was wearing a white shirt and jeans at the time of the break-in. They believe he has a dog bite on his left leg and buttocks. If you have any information on who the suspect might be, contact the Beech Grove Police Department.