Burglar Meets Bat

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

"The bat is under the bed," explains 28-year-old Tim Maynard of Jackson.

And that's where it's been for the past seven years or so.

A bat, tucked tightly away under Tim and Rebekah Maynard's queen-sized bed, almost forgotten about-- until Wednesday.

"[Rebekah] woke me up. She heard something. We thought it was our daughter," Maynard says.

But it wasn't their two-year-old daughter, nor their one-year-old son.

It was a burglar, loudly rummaging through their living room on Griswold, taking their things at 5:45 in the morning.

"He was only about 10 feet from the bedroom," he says.

While Rebekah called 911 from the bathroom, Tim remembered his aluminum ally under the bed. He grabbed it and debated what to do.

"He made my decision for me," he says. "He came into the bedroom and I hit him in the jaw."

Maynard says the suspect fell backwards, and he continued to hit him a few more times because he was worried the suspect had a gun.

After the suspect fled, police found the 25-year-old Jackson man in a neighbor's shed, bleeding profusely and took him into custody.

"It appears his jaw was broken," says Jackson Police Deputy Chief John Holda.

Holda doesn't not recommend taking a bat to a burglar in your home; he says it's better to avoid him or her altogether. But Maynard said he felt he had no other option when it came to defending his family.

"I think it's not wise to confront a burglar," Maynard admits. "But he came into the bedroom -- he's asking me to take his head off."

"He certainly was brave," Holda says. "He has a right to protect himself and his family, and he felt threatened."

Wednesday afternoon, the adrenaline is wearing off as we sit with the Maynard family.

"There are so many ways it could have gone really, really bad," Maynard says.

Luckily it didn't.

But they say they'll continue to keep their silver slugger right where it's been for the past seven years.

The "Castle Doctrine" is a law in Michigan that says people cannot be civilly or criminally prosecuted if they defend themselves or kill a person in their home who is trying to rape, murder or cause great bodily harm to them.

The suspect, who has not been named, remains in Allegiance Hospital; charges will likely come in a few days once he's healed a bit.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    Will he be arrested after he leaves the hospital. The law enforcement does not arrest people if they are headed to the hospital.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    Will the ACLU push to restrict those who receive Martial arts training. Are they fearful of those who know how to defend themselves against those who want to take everything.
  • by Joseph Location: Taylor on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:25 PM
    Yeah, I took Martial Arts with this Mr. Maynard in high school, he knows how to defend himself he almost killed me once when I woke him up. He's an "American Bad ***".
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM
    Way to go Mr. Maynard good job I would have done the same thing and to all you scum bags that think you can get away with breaking into someones house you better think agin its time for pepol to step up and to the bleeding heart libs. read this one and take it to the bank
  • by Andrew Location: Jackson on Aug 5, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    Haha. At 2:02 into the story, the female anchor says that YOU CAN BE PROSECUTED EVEN IF YOU KILL YOURSELF... I think that was intended to say even if you killed the person... not yourself, dorks!
  • by Cheryl Moore Location: Lansing on Aug 5, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    That's what he gets. People are tired of working hard and having these idiots try and rob you. Good for the homeowner!
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Aug 5, 2009 at 06:30 PM
    Well maybe he will think about it before he ever tries that again if he gets the chance. Times are tough but stealing does not make it better or right so he got what he deserved.
  • by sandy Location: jackson on Aug 5, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    One up for the victim, so tired of all these beak-ins, it's time we take the law in our own hand for who knows what of might happen if this man didn't protect his family before the police same, again good job Mr.Maynard.
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