12-year-old girl fights off home intruder with smarts and a baseball bat

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Twelve-year-old Nyletta Lincoln is one brave middle-schooler. Staying calm in the face of danger, she single-handedly fought off an intruder in her home, protecting herself and keeping the man out.

“I heard like pounding. I thought it was knocking because I had my headphones in. And when I took my headphones off, I realized that somebody was actually trying to come into the house,” Lincoln told KTXL.

Lincoln, who was home alone at the time, lives in Woodland, California, a city northwest of Sacramento.

“I grabbed my baseball bat and I walked into my living room and saw the lock was busted and he was trying to get in,” Lincoln says. That’s when she saw the man and stopped him in his tracks. “He said ‘Let me in.’ And I yelled ‘No!’ And I kicked the door into his face” she adds.

Lincoln called the police who pulled up just as the door was giving way.

Lincoln’s father Paul tells KTXL he was at Big 5 buying his daughter a throwing axe when police called him to explain what happened.

“I’m proud of her. She’s my little Latina-Irish Viking and it’s in our blood. He picked the wrong house with a tougher 12-year-old than me,” Paul Lincoln told KTXL while laughing.

Paula Corral, a neighbor, tells KTXL that normally the area is quiet. “We just don’t have those kind of things here. Now we’re locking our door.”

Police say the man may be the same suspect who was arrested in November after going through some trash in resident’s yard.