A Michigan man wielded an ax he calls his babyto fend off a convicted criminal who tried to break into his apartment on Wednesday night.
Ben Ball, 36, used a replica battle-ax to chop through the intruder, 33-year-old Alex Lavell Rawls, who is facing a charge of first-degree home invasion.
Ball says the suspect dated his former roommate, but she moved away to distance herself from the convicted felon. Rawls showed up atthe apartment at 11:30 p.m. thinking she was still there, according to Wood TV.
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He repeatedly knocked on the door before kicking it in whileBall was sitting at home playing video games and watching the TV show, Rick and Morty. Ball says he believed Rawls was carrying a firearm, the outlet reported.
When the door opened, he decided to go medieval.
[The]door opened, [I]grabbed the ax, [then]step, step, hit, he told Wood TV.
He struck Rawls at least once in the torso with the sharp blade before the two continued to fight in the apartment.
There was a bloody mess everywhere, Ball said.
The suspect fled after the violent affair - leaving a trail of blood which K-9 officersused tocatch the suspect, the outlet reported.
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Rawls spent the night in the hospital recovering from his wounds before he was transferred to the local jail, according to Kalamazoo County officials.
Ball says he sometimes participates in events - when hes not working at Applebees -where people use those types of weapons in real combat. He told the outlet hes glad to spend so much time practicing with the ax.
Ive got a double-headed carbon steel battle ax that was homemade by a gentleman who has since passed. Thats what I call my baby, Ball said.
Rawls was being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail.
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The home invasion charge could put him in prison for a maximum of 20 years. His criminal record includes assaulting and disarming apolice officer as well as fleeing and eluding police, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.B: