Robin Irvine of Hemet, a tomahawk-throwing champion, said she woke up terrified Saturday morning when she felt someone attempting to take her watch off of her wrist, KABC-TV, Los Angeles, reported Wednesday.
"I sat right up and screamed at the top of my lungs," she said.
Irvine said she grabbed a tomahawk she keeps by her bed and the weapon frightened the two men into fleeing.
"I could've thrown it; put it right in his spine. But I couldn't do it. It's in my training. I couldn't do it," she said.
Police said one of the men, Nicholas Ulloa, 22, was found hiding in a nearby bush and arrested on a first-degree burglary charge. The other suspect is still on the loose.