82-Year-Old Tackles Intruder That Attacked His Wife

Husband pinned the suspect down in the street until police arrived. 

By Gina Tron

An elderly man tackled and restrained a woman who had allegedly beat up his wife and tried to break into their San Jose home Sunday evening. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the 82-year-old man pinned the suspect down in the street until authorities arrived.

By Monday, the wife said she was still shaking from the incident.

“I’m not doing OK,” Christine Youkhaneh, 76, told The Chronicle “Too much stress. Too much worry. Somebody just came to kill me, I don’t know why.”

Youkhaneh was headed into her backyard to do some tidying up when she was attacked. She had bent over to put on her shoes when she felt two hard cracks on her head. A woman was hitting her with a large piece of wood, according to the report.

“I put my hand to my head, and she hit at my hand, very bad,” Youkhaneh said. “I tried to see who they are, and I see the lady just hitting me, like she’s going to kill me. No reason. I never saw her before. ”

Youkhaneh was able to run inside the house and call for her husband, Yousef Youkhaneh.

“I heard a scream from my wife,” Yousef Youkhaneh said. “I run to the scream and I see that my wife is bloody and the blood is coming out from her head, all over. Somebody hurt her.”

Yousef Youkhaneh chased the intruder into the street in front of their home. As he fought her, his wife called 911. By the time the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office showed up, Yousef Youkhaneh had a hold on the suspect, a woman more than 30 years younger than he is. Rehnu Singh, 50, was arrested on charges of elder abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted burglary, according to KRON. The wife required several stitches from her injuries.

The sheriff’s office tweeted a photo of deputies with Yousef Youkhaneh. The caption said, “Many times we meet citizens we see as heroes. Yousef, 82, defended his wife from an attacking burglar & held the suspect till we arrived!”

[Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department]


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