(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,'" says Teryl Parnell.
Teryl Parnell, an IT specialist for Sacramento county is not only handy with PC's but sharp objects too.
"I'm not afraid and I know exactly how to use it," says 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,'" Parnell asked.
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,'" says Parnell.
Her Chinese food had been eaten, and her valuables were on the floor ready to go.
"It's so hard to find good Chinese food to me," says Parnell.
Trying to keep him from getting away, she offered him some coffee, but brought back a machete instead. Then he thought about running, but apparently he got the point.
"You need to sit right here and you need to sit and wait for the cops because you're going to jail," Parnell said. "I was like, 'No son, no son, you're staying righter there and don't try to get up because I've been nice to you at this point.'"
Deputies showed up and put the cuffs on 25-year-old Christopher Weaver. Parnell took this picture 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," says Parnell.
The suspect was released on bail, but was reportedly picked up by police again, this time for driving a stolen car.