Gun-toting, 89-year-old great-grandmother scares off would-be burglars

July 26, 2012 (MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C.)

"I sleep with my pistol." That's what 89-year-old Ruby Hodge says saved her from would-be burglars Monday morning.

"About 8 o'clock I hadn't got up out of bed, and I heard somebody knocking on my door which I did not answer the knock then," said Hodge.

Before she could even get out of bed, two men broke in Hodge's back door and made their way inside.

"Then I heard a loud noise and I said it was somebody broken in my door."

At this point, the great-grandmother says she knew what she had to do.

"I got my pistol and I met them right outside of my bedroom," said Hodge. "Right inside of my bedroom door, two black men passed and they were two medium black men and they were dressed in black and when they saw me standing in there with my pistol , they left and run."

Hodge pressed her emergency alert button that she wears around her neck. It alerted 911 dispatchers who sent deputies to her house within five minutes. Hodge's daughter and niece got there a few minutes later.

"She has always said that she had a gun and if it came she would shoot," said Helen Caison, Ruby's daughter.

Hodge says she's worked hard all her life and should be able to live in peace in her home.

Police say they have tracked down the two men suspected of breaking into Hodge's home. Both face burglary and damage to property charges.

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