Fayetteville home invader receives a little frying pan justice

Sunday, January 17, 2016
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A homeowner and his wife fend off a home invader with the help of a frying pan.

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Glenn Tew used his favorite frying pan to fight off an intruder.

"The fact that he would come in and invade our own home and just do the kind of damage he had done, no one should have to put up with that kind of mess." Tew said.

Thursday, just before midnight, Tew went to check on a noise in his den, and confronted 21 year old Sheldon Dix as Dix broke through a glass door.

"And I hollered at him, and he proceeded to come charging at me trying to knock me out, we kind of locked horns and fought on the floor." Tew said.

Tew's wife heard the commotion and ran to help her husband. She tossed the frying pan to her husband.

"I think my wife hit him in with a metal trash can a couple of times" Tew said. "And once I got the frying pan, I proceeded to give him a good dose of that."

Police say just minutes before the break-in, Dix savagely attacked a mother who was waiting in her car at a nearby church parking lot. They said when another man saw the attack and tried to intervene, Dix starting beating on the man. The woman in the car then pulled out a handgun and shot at the attacker.

"The victim in the car happened to be a concealed-permit holder. She had a legal right. She retrieved her firearm and fired off two rounds," said Fayetteville Police Lt. Tim Tew.

Lt. Tew is not related to the victims. He said the suspect fled across a parking lot and ran down the street.

When he broke into the Tew home, he got a lot more than he bargained for.

Glenn Tew hopes he can salvage his favorite frying pan.

"The bottom is a little messed up, but I expect I can hammer it back down," he said.

Police say all the victims were shaken up. But Glenn Tew was not seriously hurt in the fight.

Investigators say Dix is in custody undergoing a mental evaluation. Police say he faces several charges.

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