The boy’s 11-year-old brother grabbed a frying pan from the kitchen and joined in defending his mother. He hit the man several times in the head and got him to back away.
The assailant ran from the apartment, the news station reported. Still at large, he is described as being in his early 20s, with a tattoo on his face and his hair in dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a black bubble jacket.
The boys, who also suffered cuts to their hands in the attack, told the news station that they were grateful that the injuries they and their mother sustained weren’t more serious.
"Thank God she's alive," the younger boy said about his mother. "Me and my brother tried our best to keep fighting and keep fighting and never give up."