An elderly Vietnam War veteran protected his wife when an attempted home invader forced his way into their house Monday afternoon.
Herbert Parrish, 82, and 79-year-old Lois Parrish were at home when they heard a knock at their back door around 2 p.m., WACH-TV reported.
“I opened the door and he said he was looking for his little white chihuahua and wanted to know if I saw it. And I told him, no, I haven’t,” Lois Parrish said.
When she tried to close the door, the man — later identified as 61-year-old Harold Runnels — forced his way inside.
Investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said that Runnels used the back of a large knife to beat the elderly couple and Lois Parrish fell to the ground, according to WACH-TV.