A Clarke Central High School teacher thwarted an attempted home invasion robbery Monday night by standing up to an armed intruder at her home on Whitehead Road, Athens-Clarke County police said.
The 52-year-old woman told police she was watching a football game on TV alone in her kitchen shortly after 7 p.m. when a young black male appeared in the kitchen. The woman explained that her front door was left open because she had just returned home, police said.
The suspect was brandishing a knife and asked for money, police said.
The woman reportedly stood up and told the intruder “no,” then opened her purse and said she did not have money because she only used debit cards, according to police.
When the suspect demanded the woman’s wallet, she replied that she did not own a wallet, police said.
The woman then began pushing a kitchen chair between them while telling the suspect to leave, at which time he put the knife in his sweatshirt pocket and left the residence.
The woman told police that the young intruder told her several times during the encounter that he did not want to hurt her.
The suspect was described as very thin, about 5-feet 6, with an Afro haircut wearing blue pants and a darker blue zippered hooded sweatshirt with the hood on, police said.
The woman said the suspect appeared too young to drive and she did not hear a vehicle leaving the scene, according to police.
The woman told police she was a teacher at Clarke Central, had lived in her Whitehead Road home for 15 years and did not recognize the suspect.