A man who broke into an 89-year-old woman's Knoxville home and awakened her was scared off when a monitoring company answered her medical alert call. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported the woman told police she was awakened before dawn Tuesday by a loud noise. She said a man stood over her bed, shaking her by the arms and asking if she were all right.
The woman activated a medical alert device on her neck and the voice of an operator responded over the intercom.
She told police the intruder ripped the device off her, causing a slight abrasion and a cut finger, but he fled taking nothing.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com