DENVER -- Two would-be burglars got a big surprise when a 75-year-old woman overpowered them, making them run away.
In the Hilltop neighborhood, there are signs: Political, neighborhood watch and secured property. But sometimes it's the signs missed that change the outcome of a situation.
“They seemed very surprised to see her,” said Sarah Hart, whose mother-in-law Linda Lung fought off two burglars on April 22.
It was the burglars who were surprised when Lung answered the front door of the home the men were casing.
“The minute one came up, I thought, 'Boy, I’m in trouble,” Lung said on FaceTime from her home in South Carolina.
Lung was in Denver visiting her grandchildren and she wasn’t looking for trouble.
“I'm just a mama bear,” she said with a laugh.
Asking firmly what the men wanted, she wasn’t caught off guard by one of the men’s response.
“He lunged toward me and I slammed the door. Well, I tried to slam the door, but he’s pushing this way, I'm pushing,” Lung said.
Hart was also home and heard Lung scream.
“A real, almost like a primal scream, 'Sarah, Sarah, I need your help, help me,'” Hart said.
“His fingers came around the door and I wanted to smash them,” Lung said.
Hart said her 120-pound mother-in-law overpowered the man, shutting and locking the door.
“He was going to hurt me or hurt somebody in the house and in no way was he going to hurt me,” Lung said.
Safe this time, but the Harts aren’t taking any more chances.
“I don’t feel that people should be paranoid necessarily, but take action and know that it happens,” Hart said.
There have been four burglaries in the neighborhood in the past two weeks. The Harts already had an alarm system. They have since installed video surveillance and started a more active neighborhood watch.
Hart is also reminding people to always keep windows and doors locked.