88-year-old Helen Reynolds says she stopped a burglar from raping her by claiming she had HIV.
Reynolds had just returned from the store when a young man knocked at the door of her Chester County home.
“He pushed himself in,” she said.
This began a burglary and assault that would last three hours. She says the man started by rummaging for cash, taking just $40 before duct taping her hands, head and mouth.
“I said, ‘Would you do this to your mother to bother her like you are doing me?’”
“Shhh,” the suspect told the woman.
According to Reynolds, the suspect removed her clothing and threw her face first onto the bed.
“I said to him, ‘It’s like this,’” she told recalls, “’I said you might as well know the truth.’ I said, ‘I have HIV, and my husband died from it.’ Which was a lie. When I said that, he just walked out of the bedroom.”
Reynolds alleges the man had posed as an apartment complex worker, and broke into her home in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. She says he wrapped her in duct tape, and had her in his mercy until she managed to scare him away.
“I have nothing good to say about him,” she said. “Nothing at all. Put him in jail, and leave the sucker there.”
She also kicked him where it hurt him the most before he fled but no arrests have been made.