BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Vietnam Veteran from Bakersfield was stabbed in the neck after a man broke into his home Sunday evening.
Fidel Valencia said he and his wife were still in their bed at about 5:30 a.m. when someone rang their doorbell.
Valencia said he was surprised to see a man, later identified as Isaac Alawdi standing at the door.
Valencia said, “(the man) told me that he needed help and that he had been attacked. He said he was jumped by some guys and he was beat up and he needed some help, if he could come in and right after that he asked if anyone else was with me."
Valencia said he knew something didn't feel right. So trusting his gut, he tried to end the conversation.
"I tried to push him back, you know, so I could have room to back out and close the door but that is when he rushed me and right away threw me down,” Valencia told 23ABC. “He got on top of me and all I could do was try to hold his hands. He was reaching for his waistband to pull something out, and he was hitting me in the face and wherever."
Valencia said Alawdi punched him several times and stabbed him in the neck.
The father of 3, and Army veteran said he used all his strength to fight off Alawdi out of fear he would harm his wife.
"Once he was done with me, I knew he was going to go for my wife, so I was trying as hard as I could to hold him."
Valencia said his wife grabbed a glass vase and smashed it over Alawdi's head, that caused him to run out of the home.
Alawdi appeared in court Tuesday afternoon where he pleaded not guilty to burglary and assault charges.
His attorney said he has yet to review the police report.
The family of the eldery couple was very emotional outside the courtroom, moments after seeing the Alawdi for the first time.
Valencia’s daughters told 23ABC that with the holidays just around the corner, they're happy both of their parents survived the terrifying experience.