Karen Dolley of Indianapolis put her medieval combat training to good use by taking up a sword to hold a robber off until the cops got to her house last Thursday.

The 43-year-old woman said she awoke around midnight to the voice of a man in her house near 10th Street and Emerson Avenue on Indianapolis' Eastside.

She leapt out of bed, turned on the lights and saw him standing in her living room, she said. Then her instincts kicked in.

Dolley, standing 5-foot-6, said she immediately attacked, punching him about 10 times and cornering him in her bedroom.

Indy Star

When Karen reached for her gun, she opened the wrong drawer and her gun wasn't there. She went for the next best thing, her backup weapon, a Japanese-styled sword called ninjato, which she keeps near her bed. Police arrived within a couple minutes of her calling them, all the while keeping Jacob Wessel at sword-point.

(Karen Dolley)

Here's a photo of Karen taking part in an unchoreographed fight as a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

(Karen Dolley)

Wessel was sent to the hospital because he was high on an unknown substance and was charged with residential entry, a Level 6 felony.

(Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)