By Ron Jones
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KOVR/CNN) - A California woman is safe after waking up and finding a stranger sleeping on her couch.
Police say the lady grabbed a machete, called the authorities and dared the suspect to move.
"That's when I unsheathed the machete and I said, 'No, you need to get back. You need to sit down right here and wait for the cops to get here,'" said Teryl Parnell.
Parnell, an IT specialist for Sacramento County, is not only handy with PCs but also sharp objects.
"I'm not afraid and I know exactly how to use it," said Parnell.
Recently she woke up from a deep sleep only to find an alleged burglar sleeping on her couch with his feet up.
"Typical mom, right? I just go over there and slap his feet off the couch. Like 'What are you doing with your feet up on my couch? I'm like 'Are you kidding me,'" she said.
Parnell says while the burglar was still dazed, she quickly found where he allegedly broke in.
"So, this is the last room that I checked and then I realized then 'Oh my god, this guy kicked a big old hole in my window,'" she said.
Her Chinese food had been eaten.
"It's so hard to find good Chinese food to me," she said.
And her valuables were on the floor ready to go.
Trying to keep him from getting away, she offered him some coffee, but brought back a machete instead.
"You need to sit right here and you need to sit and wait for the cops because you're going to jail," she said she told him.
He thought about running.
"I was like, 'No son, no son, you're staying right there and don't try to get up because I've been nice to you at this point,'" she said.
Apparently he got the point.
Deputies showed up and put the cuffs on 25-year-old Christopher Weaver. Parnell took a photo with her cell phone.
"You're in my house, you're invading my space. This is what God has blessed me with, I'm going to stand in here and fight," said Parnell.
Weaver was released on bail but was reportedly picked up by police again, this time for driving a stolen car.