Marlboro County, SC. (CNN) – Two men reportedly broke into an 89-year-old great-grandmother's South Carolina home. And as Tonya Brown reports, the elderly woman made sure the thieves didn't steal a thing.
"I sleep with my pistol."
That's what 89 year old Ruby Hodge says saved her from would-be burglars Monday morning.
"About 8 o'clock I hadn't got up out of bed and I heard somebody knocking on my door which I did not answer the knock then."
Before she could even get out of bed, two men broke in ruby's back door and made their way inside.
"Then I heard a loud noise and I said it was somebody broken in my door."
at this point, the great grandmother says she knew what she had to do.
"And I got my pistol and I met them right outside of my bedroom. Right inside of my bedroom door, two black men passed and they were two medium black men and they were dressed in black and when they saw me standing in there with my pistol, they left and run."
Ruby pressed her emergency alert button that she wears around her neck. It alerted 9-1-1 dispatchers who sent deputies to her house within five minutes. Ruby's daughter and niece got there a few minutes later.
"She has always said that she had a gun and if it came she would shoot."
"My aunt will be 90 years old in October and she held her own. And when the people were breaking in and they saw her, she had hit the lifeline button and also had her pistol turned on them they turned around and high-tailed it out of here. I'm so proud of her."
Ruby says she's worked hard all her life and should be able to live in peace in her home. Just in case something threatens that, she's got her piece nearby.
Police say they've tracked down the two men suspected of breaking into Hodge's home.
Both face burglary and damage to property charges.