Last month Daily RFT reported the tale of a high-school football player who foiled a break-in at a neighborhood grocery store by tackling the would-be burglar and displaying some choice wrestling moves.
Now we are pleased to report another novel method of fighting an unwelcome visitor into your home: a railroad spike, employed early Friday morning by Stephanie Molina of Poplar Bluff in southeast Missouri.
At around one a.m. Molina and her roommate Stephanie Ballard heard a man outside their door bellowing "Jerry, you owe me money!"
Neither woman knows a Jerry, so they ignored the request until the man kicked their door in, grabbed Molina and hit her.
In retaliation, Molina picked up a railroad spike and hit the man, who left. Police were later able to follow the trail of blood back to his apartment in the same building, where, after kicking the door down, found the man and an accomplice in the living room.
The burglar, Glen Waltman, and his friend Claude Everett Hunt, initially resisted arrest; police had to use both mace and a Taser to subdue Hunt.
Both men were eventually booked at the Butler County jail. Waltman faces one count each of first-degree burglary and first-degree strong-arm robbery, while Hunt has been charged with resisting arrest and obstructing police.
No one has yet commented as to why the doors in that apartment building were so easy to kick in or what Molina was doing with a railroad spike in the first place.
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