An intruder who intended to tie up or do worse to a 95-year-old Horseshoe Bend woman was thwarted when the quick-thinking woman yelled for her husband to bring a gun into her bedroom.
Upon hearing this, the attacker jumped up and fled from the house, the elderly woman said.
The only problem was her husband has been dead for years.
"I've never heard of anything like this before in Horseshoe Bend," said Horseshoe Bend Police Chief Fred Mitchell.
A person, possibly a young male, entered the woman's house at approximately 1:30 a.m. Dec. 8, Mitchell said.
He said the woman, who asked not to be identified, woke up with the intruder on top of her.
"We found some evidence at the scene that indicated to us that he was going to tie her up or kidnap her," Mitchell said.
The elderly woman told the police the man wore a mask that partially covered his face.
Investigators are formulating a list of suspects who fit a profile in this case, Mitchell said.
He said the police were taking this case "very seriously," but added the public does not need to be overly alarmed.
"We feel like this is probably an isolated incident. Residents need to be responsible and practice caution, such as locking their doors at night and keeping a light on," Mitchell said.
He said evidence collected at the scene has been sent to the crime lab in Little Rock. Test results from the lab could be delayed several months because of the backlog of cases at the lab, he said.
And how is the elderly woman?
"She's spunky lady," Mitchell said. "She still drives her car and bowls in a league. I hope I'm in that good a shape if I live to be as old as her."