Thursday, January 04, 2007

Elderly man fends off a would-be burglar with a shoehorn

An elderly man fended off a would-be burglar with a shoehorn before the man invaded another home and was arrested, the Dodge County Sheriff's Department said.

The man kicked in the door of an elderly couple's home in Lebanon about 1 a.m. Monday, demanded money and threatened to shoot them, the sheriff's department said in a news release.

But the husband, who is in his 80s, beat the man around the head with a long shoehorn, forcing him from the home.

The intruder and another man then committed another home invasion in the Oconomowoc area and were arrested in Waukesha County, the release said.

The Dodge County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the matter for potential charges.

"This is one of those crimes that a lengthy sentence just doesn't do justice," Sheriff Todd Nehls said of the Lebanon incident. "The torment and anguish will be with them forever."


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