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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