LAPORTE | A 62-year-old LaPorte man wielded a machete to fend off the blows of a home invader early Monday, police said.
However, it might have been his Chihuahua named Charlie who kept him from being further harmed. Charlie repeatedly bit the suspect.
"If it wasn't for (Charlie), (the suspect) would have succeeded in doing whatever he wanted to do because I was down," said Roman Dickt, who lives in the 1400 block of West 18th Street.
Dickt said he woke up about 2 a.m. to knocking on his door and then the ringing of his doorbell.
He opened the door and when the intruder stepped in, Dickt was punched in the face.
Dickt fell over a living room sofa and while on his way down to the floor pulled the intruder down with him.
That's when Charlie came running out and started biting the intruder on the arms.
Dickt said the suspect got up and kicked him a few times in the mid-section while 8-month-old Charlie had hold of the intruder's pant leg.
Charlie coming to his master's defense bought Dickt just enough time to make his way over to the machete he had next to his recliner.
Dickt said he swung the machete at the intruder about a half-dozen times while yelling and screaming for him to leave.
He's not sure if he cut the suspect, who fled on foot in an unknown direction, police said.
"I was trying to cut his head off," Dickt said.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect described as black in his late 20s or early 30s with a medium build and about 6 feet tall.
LaPorte Police Capt. Tom Heath said unless a strong lead develops, identifying the suspect might be difficult.
"We're pretty much at a dead-end," said Heath, who added the intent of the intruder was not known.
Dickt said he never saw the man before and the machete is part of his knife collection.
The victim said he was still physically sore from the scuffle and emotionally was a nervous wreck.
"It really bothered me he got the best of me like that in my own house. I ain't never had no problems like that until this morning," said Dickt.