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Woman stops intruder with medieval skills

Karen Dolley, 43, learned to fight in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that recreates Middle Ages skills

Illustrative photo of a katana-wielding person, taken June 8, 2010. (Flickr/Bruno Calmi/CC BY 2.0)
Illustrative photo of a katana-wielding person, taken June 8, 2010. (Flickr/Bruno Calmi/CC BY 2.0)

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana woman says her training in medieval combat helped her corner a home intruder.

The Indianapolis Star reports 43-year-old Karen Dolley of Indianapolis threw punches until she had the man cornered during the Thursday night break-in. She then kept him subdued with a Japanese sword she keeps near her bed.

Dolley says she learned to fight as a teenager in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that recreates skills of the Middle Ages. She also skates with roller derby team Naptown Roller Girls.

Police responding to Dolley’s 911 call arrested 30-year-old Jacob Wessel of Greenwood, charging him with residential entry. Police say he forced open the home’s back door. Police reports say he was taken to a hospital because he was high on an unknown substance.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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