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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington woman chases down suspected thieves with a bat after they tried to break into her house. With her help, police arrested Sean Ray McMahan, 17, and Markyes Deshaun Jones, 18, who are now in jail after admitting to mugging a woman downtown Thursday night around 10 p.m. The Wilmington Police Department says officers and New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies, part of the Downtown Taskforce, responded to a robbery report at S. 3rd Street and Orange Street. The victim had beaten and her purse was stolen by two young men, who ran away toward South 2nd Street down Orange Street. The Downtown Taskforce and Wilmington Police set up a perimeter and called in K9 for a track. After McMahan and Jones admittedly stole a woman's purse and ran off, that's when Taylor Alexander says they tried to break into her house on Ann St. through the back gate. “I grabbed my bat, went up stairs and in a bad sense started screaming curse words, swatting and just went at it,” she says. Alexander's grandma, LaNelle Clontz, walked outside when she heard the police sirens. “The cops are coming up to me and saying 'your granddaughter is fearless. She chased them with a baseball bat and she delayed them from running away,” Clontz says. Alexander says she wasn't always that fearless. Six months ago, she was held up at gunpoint and froze. From that point on, she vowed to protect herself. “I felt like an absolute wimp and I promised myself that if anything should happen again where it involves my life or somebody else's I’m going to do everything I can to stop it,” Alexander says. She admits the situation could have turned out much worse, but says her mind went blank. “I’m crazy I guess. You know, it was my first initial reaction. I wasn't thinking, ‘oh I’m gong to go get these guys,” she says. “That took great courage in my opinion,” Clontz says. “I mean I am so proud of her, it's just not believable.” Two teenagers are in jail after admitting they mugged a woman and stole her purse last night. McMahan and Jones were charged with common law robbery, attempted common law robbery, and hinder/delay/obstruct a law enforcement officer. They are each in jail under $100,000 bond.

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