Jacob Wessel picked the wrong home to break into on Thursday.
In his defense, there’s no way the 30-year-old Wessel, allegedly high on an unknown substance, could have known what he was getting into by picking Karen Dolley’s house as a target. He messed up, to put it bluntly.
Dolley, you see, spent some time in a nonprofit called the Society for Creative Anachronism, a nonprofit for people interested in re-creating “arts and skills from Europe prior to the 17th century,” according to the group’s website. Dolley’s focus was sword fighting.
It could have actually gone much worse for Wessel. After waking and finding him in her living room, Dolley attacked Wessel with her hands, despite the fact he had four inches on her. She backed him into her bedroom and reached for her gun, but mistakenly opened the wrong drawer. So she grabbed her sword instead.
Using the Japanese-style ninjato sword, Dolley kept Wessel cornered in her room at sword-point and called police, who arrived quickly and arrested Wessel. She was briefly worried when he reached into his pocket at one point, but she applied more pressure to the sword and told him to stop moving. “I’m really, really glad I didn’t have to do anything more,” Dolley said. “I know I could do it, but I don’t want to do that.”
“I didn’t think I was getting good blows in but my knuckles are bruised today,” Dolley recalled to the Indianapolis Star. “Hitting someone like that, it isn’t like the movies.”
Dolley isn’t sword fighting as much anymore; she currently spends more of her time in roller derby, competing as part of the Naptown Roller Girls. She doesn’t bear a grudge, either: She’s mostly upset that Wessel – who actually apologized on his way out of her home – ruined her sleep and irritated her cat.
“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.
“I definitely don’t need to work on my aggression, I guess.”