Disabled grandmother fends off intruder with brass elephant

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:


SEATTLE - A Ballard woman and her son held a drunken intruder at “elephant” point until Seattle Police could get to her home to make an arrest.

Mary Brown said she has a broken hip and knee, but when she heard a commotion in her living room at 4 a.m. Thursday, she reacted.  It was a very close family friend, who she considers a son, fighting with a man she doesn’t recognize.

“My intention was to just knock him out,” Brown said.

Brown jumped on top of the 21-year-old man she didn’t recognize and hit him in the head with a pie sculpture her granddaughter made, but it shattered without doing much damage.

Then she grabbed a 15-pound brass elephant sitting on a nearby table and was poised to smash the intruder in the head when her son came running down the stairs of their house and helped her subdue the suspect without doing him serious harm.

It turns out he had entered through an unlocked basement door, so drunk he thought it was his house.  He then put beers into the washing machine and began urinating in the corner of the basement.

Brown’s family friend heard the commotion.  When he went to check it out, a fight ensued, eventually spilling over into the living room where Brown intervened. 

The 59-year-old credits her will to protect her family and home with giving her the strength to go after the intruder despite her disabilities.

“It pushes you to say you know you got to take care of this.”

The suspect was arrested and taken to Harborview with a twisted ankle stemming from the struggle.