A Connecticut mother chased an intruder out of her home and pinned him to the ground until police showed up.
52-year-old Pauline Bragg said she was asleep Sunday night when she noticed a stranger standing inside, holding a flashlight, the Courant reports.
Bragg followed her instinct to jump up and chase the suspect, identified by police as Ramon Rivera, outside.
"It was a reaction, you know," Bragg told NBC.
The mother of one says that she and Rivera "got in a scuffle" when they got outside, and that Rivera hit her with a nearby two-by-four.
Though Bragg called to her neighbors for help, she says that no one came to her aid, according to NBC.
“I looked right at them and said, 'Get over here and help me.' And you know, nobody wants to get involved,” Bragg said.
Someone did call 911, however, and when police arrived, Rivera allegedly told officers that Bragg was his ex-girlfriend. However, officers soon determined that the two had never met.
"He said, 'I don't want to be with you anymore,'" Bragg explains, "trying to make it sound… like I was a crazy woman trying to keep her man."
Rivera is facing charges of assault, burglary, criminal mischief and larceny. He is being held on $200,000 bond.
Bragg isn't the only person to have defended their home this summer.
In July, the legally blind Tom Guzzi fought off robbers in his home with a kitchen pot.
The month before, 72-year-old Louisiana woman joined her son in thwarting a burglar in their home. Despite being armed with a crowbar, the burglar ultimately ended up with more injuries than either of the victims.
In April 2012, 81-year-old John Collins suffered a heart attack while flying his small plane over Wisconsin. His wife, Helen, 80, was in the passenger's seat. Helen had no pilot's license, and had only undergone basic take-off and landing training thirty years prior. But with fuel running low and the right engine out, Helen calmly landed the plane, with assistance from aviation officials. Tragically, John Collins passed away that day. Helen suffered a back injury and cracked rib, and has since gained national attention for her unbelievable poise and control.
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Tom Guzzi, who is legally blind, defended his home from armed robbers using a kitchen pot as a weapon. Despite being home alone, the quick-thinking Guzzi also shouted, "John, call the police," in order to trick the robbers into thinking someone else was home. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/tom-guzzi-fights-robbers-kitchen-pot_n_1676159.html">Read more here.</a>
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When Pauline Bragg, a 52-year-old mother of one awoke to find an intruder in her home, she sprang up and chased him out of her house. Once outside, she wrestled the burglar to the ground. Despite getting hit with a two-by-four, Bragg managed to pin the man down until police arrived. Read more here.
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A pair of armed men were in for a surprise when they found themselves in a shoot-out with a 57-year-old grandmother. Lulu Campbell says she was dropping off her granddaughter when someone outside her car demanded money and then shot at her, but unbeknownst to him, Granny was also packing heat. She shot right back, striking him in the chest, and a second man fled when Campbell shot at him as well. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/granny-lulu-campbell-thwarts-robbery_n_1447815.html">Read more here.</a>
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