HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A terrifying encounter forced a Harrison County woman to fight off her alleged attacker and her husband holding the suspect at gunpoint. Investigators say the home invasion and attempted sexual assault case could have ended tragically. Instead, the suspect is in jail and it turned out the couple said they know the man accused of breaking into their home.
"I wanted to shoot him. Hey, get this over with. Give him a head shot and it'll be all through," said Fred Kately.
The Harrison County man recalled standing over a man and pointing a gun at his head. The suspect's life was literally in his hands.
"I was angry. I'm still angry, still going through the grieving process inside me," said Kately.
His traumatic ordeal started at 6:30 Saturday morning. Investigators say Kenda Casey, 32, broke in through the back door of the Kately's home on Kiln-Delisle Road. Kately and his wife Rachel were asleep in their bedroom. Kately said he was awakened by his wife yelling: 'Who are you? Stop!'
"I woke up and here's this kid. He's acting like he's an exotic dancer on top of my wife," said Kately.
Kately grabbed his gun, but the Navy veteran said his faith and his wife's pleas stopped him from pulling the trigger.
"When she asked me not to shoot that kid, already I had put in my mind, hey, this is too easy. He's unarmed. He's naked. He had no weapons and I'm the one who was in control," said Kately.
Rachel Kately said she tried to fight off the man, but he picked her up and threw her on the ground. To make matters worse, the couple's nine-year-old grandson walked in the room and witnessed the attack.
"I was fixing to give him a head shot, and my wife said: 'Please don't! Please don't, because my grandson's here,'" said Kately. "And then I took the gun and was fixing to hit him upside the head with it."
Kately's grandson ran out and dialed 911, then handed the phone to his grandfather.
"I was telling the lady at 911: 'Y'all please hurry and send somebody here before I kill this kid," said Kately.
Rachel Kately said she managed to use her legs to pin down her attacker and even asked him to pray with her until deputies arrived. The couple said they were shocked to learn they knew the suspect through family ties.
"When I saw the need to not shoot him, to not kill him, to let the police handle this stuff, that's when I started getting some peace and decided, hey what's the next right thing to do? I'm working on forgiving him, and for him to forgive me for almost taking his life," said Kately.
Kately said he is concerned about his wife who suffered bruises from the attack. He also said his wife is emotionally distraught and they are worried how the incident will affect their grandson.
Investigators say Kenda Casey was out on a felony probation for auto theft when he was arrested Saturday. Officers say he had been arrested seven times before for drug charges, simple robbery, eluding police and disturbing the peace. Casey is in the Harrison County Jail on a $300,000 bond.