Woman stabs home invader with kitchen knife

GADSDEN, SC (WIS) - A man involved in a Monday afternoon home invasion is still on the loose and wanted on a second-degree burglary charge.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office says a woman in the 7000 block of Bluff Road was getting her mail around 12:30pm when she noticed a strange man watching her. The woman, Cynthia, says it isn't the first time she's come face-to-face with the intruder. She says she met him before, but it wasn't a pleasant greeting.

Cynthia says back in October she confronted the mystery man after she caught him snooping around her neighbors mailbox. The man ran away after she called police, but this time around, Cynthia says she was getting her own mail when she saw something strange behind her shed. It was the same man staring at her. "He told me, 'You got away one time'," says Cynthia. "'You won't get away again.'"

Deputies say Cynthia ran back into her home, and the suspect pushed in the door, cornering her in her own kitchen. They say Cynthia grabbed a kitchen knife to defend herself as the man came toward her. "I stabbed him with a butcher knife and called the police," says Cynthia.

The suspect then ran away without taking any of her belongings.

Cynthia was not injured and is safe because of her quick instincts. "I'm a survivor," says Cynthia, "I pray to God he survives and that the law catches him, and he gets what he deserves."

Deputies say she did the right thing by protecting herself and calling 911. "It's either my life or your life, and it wasn't going to be mine," says Cynthia.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 40 and 50-years-old, and around 5'9" tall. He was last seen wearing a navy blue sweatshirt and jeans with holes around the knees. He was also carrying a dark duffle bag.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the suspect, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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