Woman reports beating after holding attacker at bay, Fort Wayne Police say

A woman said she was struck by a teen who tried to get into her home when she found him and others breaking into her van.

According to a Fort Wayne Police report, the following occurred:

At 4:40 a.m. Saturday police were called to the 3600 block of Lindbergh Boulevard on a report of a possible strong-arm robbery.

The woman said she had been asleep on her couch near her front door when she heard a noise outside. She saw four 16- to 18-years-old males who were getting into her 2009 Honda Odyssey. She opened her front door and yelled at the group to get away from her vehicle.

One of the teens began charging at her while yelling and cursing at her. The woman slammed her door shut and locked it. The teen tried to push open the door while yelling and screaming threats at her and demanding that she open the door.

The woman held the door shut but opened it once it grew quiet outside. However, when she opened the door to check on her van she found the teen hiding next to the door. He squeezed her throat, punched her in the face several times, and pulled her hair.

A beige GMC Envoy pulled up behind her vehicle. One of the other teens yelled something about having what they needed and to go. All four teens ran to the Envoy and it fled southbound.

The woman had red marks on her throat and a black eye. Her purse, which contained credit cards, money, and two prescriptions, was missing from the van.