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B.C. senior stops home invasion with quick thinking and a baseball bat

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian Macdonald says the man, in his 60s, grabbed a baseball bat near the door and gave the would-be intruder a swat across the chest.

The homeowner, in his 60s, and a woman in her 70s then held the intruder until police arrived.

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The homeowner, in his 60s, and a woman in her 70s then held the intruder until police arrived.

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — A feisty homeowner in Abbotsford, B.C., made quick work of what could have been a home invasion.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian Macdonald says the man, in his 60s, answered a knock on his door just before 6:30 Tuesday night and was confronted by a man trying to push his way into the house.

Macdonald says the homeowner grabbed a baseball bat near the door and gave the intruder a swat across the chest.

The resident and a woman in her 70s then held the intruder until police arrived.

Macdonald says the 37-year-old suspect appeared to be under the influence of drugs and both he and the woman were checked in hospital.

Police say charges of assault and break-and-enter are expected.

Macdonald doesn't think the presence of the close-at-hand baseball bat is a sign that the homeowner was worried about violence.

"This is a residential area. They just maybe, as part of habit — they hadn't be victimized or anything like that in the past — they keep a baseball bat by the front door. And so it came to be useful for them," he says.

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