Intruder Breaks In Man's House, Then Homeowner Goes Medieval With Battle Axe

“There was a bloody mess everywhere,” Ben Ball told WOOD.

Oshtemo Township, MI – A competitive combat hobbyist used a replica battle axe to fend off a convicted felon who broke into his home on Wednesday night.

Ben Ball, 36, said he was home alone playing video games at approximately 11:30 p.m. when someone began pounding on his door, WOOD reported.

The suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Alex Lavell Rawls, used to date Ball’s female roommate, but she moved away in order to distance herself from Rawls, Ball said.

But Rawls didn’t know the woman no longer lived there.

The suspect ultimately kicked Ball’s door down.

Concerned that Rawls might be armed with a gun, Ball grabbed his battle axe and swung at the intruder, WOOD reported.

“[The] door opened, [I] grabbed the axe, [then] step, step, hit,” the homeowner told the news outlet.

Ball struck Rawls in the torso with the blade at least once before the two men began brawling throughout the residence.

The injured suspect ultimately retreated and fled the scene on foot, WOOD reported.

“There was a bloody mess everywhere,” Ball said of his demolished apartment.

One of Ball’s neighbors alerted the police, who arrived with tracking K9s.

A trail of blood led them to Rawls, who was transported to the hospital for treatment of his extensive injuries, WOOD reported.

He has since been released from the hospital, and was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree home invasion.

Rawls, a convicted felon who was just released from the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) in July, faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of the new offense, WOOD reported.

According to DOC records, Rawls was previously convicted of assaulting a police officer causing injury, fleeing, and attempted disarming of a peace officer.

Ball said that he uses the “double-headed carbon steel battle axe” during competitive ritualized combat events he attends during his off-time from his job at Applebee’s.

He referred to the weapon as his “baby,” and said that the time he has spent practicing with the ax came in handy during the home invasion, WOOD reported.

Comments (31)
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t-man
t-man

Nice work young man.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

LOL. That's a great video at WOOD link above.

New mugshot...

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Faces up to 20 years, but will be released in two days under First step act, ya know, to give him a hundred more chances.

JBo
JBo

So the guy brought his fists to a home invasion that was being defended by a pissed off guy with a battleaxe? Who would've thought that could end badly?

GMMiller
GMMiller

Sounds like he got a "Crit" on that hit.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Maybe the police should get rid of those worthless Tasers and invest in some medieval battle axes. Imagine the videos that could produce for Blue Lives Matter.

1033GO
1033GO

I’m sure the poor misguided intruder, Mr. Rawls, regrets his transgression. Just axe him.

believer2003
believer2003

Got your handy roll of tp there

TruelyTexan
TruelyTexan

Highlander the home game anyone?

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Don’t bring a fist to a battle axe fight.....

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good job sir

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Now what, Ban Axes so Americans can use THEM either to defend their property???

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Puts a new meaning on "Went medieval on his (you-know-what)!"

Stanracer
Stanracer

The usual suspect.🤔👎

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"

CivilianMark
CivilianMark

Maybe Ball will use his new confidence to clean up and meet a fair maiden.

bob95648
bob95648

He axed him to leave.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

This makes me want a Battle Axe.

ChristopherMarlowe
ChristopherMarlowe

we need to stop all of of this senseless violence and initiate sensible battle axe control laws. schools and hospitals should be battle axe free zones

xcop137
xcop137

The intruder is lucky to be alive. He should thank the man for sparing his life.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I’m just picturing him yelling Leeeroooooy Jenkins as he takes off with his battle axe 🤣🤣🤣