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. (Read more Wichita stories.)

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