82-year-old woman beats down home intruder: 'He picked the wrong house'

An 82-year-old woman beat a man who broke into her home so badly that he was sent to the hospital, WHAM reported.

Willie Murphy heard pounding at her door around 11 p.m. while she was getting ready for bed in her Rochester, N.Y. home. A man was outside begging her to open the door and call an ambulance. "I'm sick, I'm sick," she recalled him saying. 

Murphy called 911, but didn't let the man inside, which is when he started to get angry.

"I hear a loud noise," she told WHAM. "I’m thinking, 'What the heck was that?' The young man is in my home. He broke the door."

Murphy, who is an award-winning bodybuilder, wasn't going to let the man get away with invading her home.

"He picked the wrong house to break into," she said.

Murphy hid as the intruder walked around her house. When the right moment came, she grabbed the first thing she could — a table.

"I took that table and I went to working on him and guess what? The table broke!" she said. "When he’s down I’m jumping on him."

She then squirted an entire bottle of shampoo on the man's face. When that didn't stop him, she grabbed a broom.

"He’s trying to get up and he’s pulling and I got the broom and he’s pulling the broom and I’m hitting him, I’m hitting him with the broom, hitting him and guess what? He wants to get the heck out of there…" she said.

Murphy said she thinks the man was "happy when he went in the ambulance" because she "really did a number" on him. 

The Rochester Police Department praised the "tough as nails" 82-year-old for fending off the intruder and posted a photo with Murphy on Twitter. 

"I’m alone and I’m old but guess what? I’m tough," she said. 

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