Decatur, Ala. (AP) -- A 74-year-old Alabama woman says she thwarted a home invasion by choking the intruder until he ran away. Thelma Carter said when a man suddenly barged into her Decatur home over the weekend, she grabbed his throat and tried to strangle "the living daylights out of him." She said the man, who appeared to be in his twenties, looked scared. When she began calling for her grandson, who wasn't in the home at the time, the intruder turned and ran. The retired motel clerk took a self-defense course a few years ago.