SAN JOSE, California. – It is a great story of one man’s heroic actions in the direction of his wife from the South Bay, especially when you consider that Yousef Youkhaneh is in his 80s and the woman he fought off more than 30 years younger.
While many call him a hero, he says that he is just doing what a man must do.
“I have a duty to protect my family, my home, myself,” he said.
Youkhaneh he says to duty came late Sunday in the afternoon. Suspicious Rehnu Singh allegedly tried to break into a window of their home while Yousef was inside.
His wife of 53 years, Christina, came outside and was attacked with an 18-inch club.. The savage beating left blood splattered on the back door.
“I bend over to get the shoes on and then, bum bum,…and, ‘Oh my god!” and, because that was there (hand movements), they hit my hand,” said Christina, her head bandages still wet with blood.
Hearing his wife scream, Yousef sprang into action. He hurried outside, confronted with the attacker, and one to a battle, starting on the back of their house on McKee Road and the end of all the way to the front.
“More than 10 minutes, we fight with each other. She was like a tiger, really! Very strong,” Alex said, with bruises on his arms.
Despite a 32-year-old disadvantage in age, and suffering bites and scratch wounds, Yousef fended off the attacker, holding on to her ankle to Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies arrived.
“It’s one of those stories where we as public representatives see this man as a hero. 82-year-old, defended his wife and actually apprehended a burglar, “said sergeant Rich Glennon of the Santa Clara County Sherrif’s Office.
Fifty-year-old Rehnu Singh is being held without bail in the jail. She is charged with attempted burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, assault, and parole violation.
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