Woman Uses Sledgehammer to Stop Attack on Friend

Cops hail 60-year-old neighbor as hero

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 2, 2013 5:33 PM CDT | Updated Jul 7, 2013 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Superheroes are fine to have around, but a 60-year-old neighbor who's handy with a sledgehammer will do in a pinch. Wichita police say that when the 60-year-old woman heard her 48-year-old neighbor cry for help from the apartment next-door, she bolted over to help, reports the Wichita Eagle. When she arrived, a man who was sexually assaulting her friend hit her over the head with a chain of some sort, police say. Though she suffered minor injuries, the woman managed to pick up a sledgehammer and chuck it at the assailant. She missed, but he ran. Police later caught up with him and charged him with rape and assault, reports WIBW.

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