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Elderly man fights off burglar with hammer

An 82-year-old man fought off a would-be burglar by hitting him with a hammer.
March 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A would-be burglar tried to rob an 82-year-old man in Detroit by crawling into his home through a basement window Sunday.

The burglar soon learned he picked the wrong house, as the elderly man unexpectedly fought back with a hammer.

George Bradford said he did what he had to to protect himself and his family. He struck the suspect on the head while his daughter called 911.

Responding officers found a 33-year-old male suspect bleeding from his head in the living room, a police spokesperson told ABC News.

The suspect was treated for his injuries and is now facing home invasion charges.

If there is a next time, Bradford said, he won't use a hammer.