Karen Dolley, a 43-year-old Indianapolis woman who skates as “Foul Morguean” with the Naptown Roller Girls, cornered a man who’d broken into her home on Thursday night, using only her wits, bravery, and a Japanese-styled sword she owns, called a “ninjato.”
She reached for her gun in a nearby drawer, but she accidentally opened the wrong drawer during the chaos of the moment, so her gun wasn’t there.
She reached for her backup weapon, a Japanese-styled sword called ninjato, which she keeps near her bed. Her intruder crouched in the bedroom as she held him at sword-point until police arrived, she said.
She called 911 and police arrived within two minutes, she said.
Wessel, who was taken to a hospital because he was high on an unknown substance, was arrested and charged with residential entry. Dolley said Wessel apologized to her as he was being removed from her home.
“I didn’t think I was getting good blows in but my knuckles are bruised today,” Dolley told the Star. “Hitting someone like that, it isn’t like the movies. You’re expecting it to be louder and see people jerk around, but that’s not how it happens in real life.”
At one point Wessel reached for something in his pocket, Dolley said. She applied more pressure with her sword and told him to stop. “I’m really, really glad I didn’t have to do anything more,” she said. “I know I could do it, but I don’t want to do that.”
“At the end of the day, I’m glad to know that even if I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m not going down without a fight,” Dolley said.
Wait, why does this lady have a sword, though? From the Star:
Dolley actually has some experience in medieval combat fighting from her days as an 18-year-old fighter in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a nonprofit for members who re-create arts and skills from Europe prior to the 17th Century, according to the organization’s website.
In the beginning, her opponents could guess her moves because she was afraid she was going to hurt someone, she said, so an early lesson was to move confidently and aggressively after someone.