A man tried to break into a North Carolina home Sunday morning using an ax he found in the yard, investigators told WRAL-TV.
But the suspect would quickly discover some folks possess more potent weapons than your garden-variety hatchet.
As William Lawrence Cowan was trying to break through the back door with the ax, the homeowner got a shotgun and pointed it at the 29-year-old, Burlington police said, according to WGHP-TV.
With that, Cowan decided to attend to pressing engagements elsewhere, quickly running away and leaving the ax behind, police added to WGHP.
After police were called, they set up a perimeter around the area of the break-in and arrested Cowan without incident, WTVD-TV reported.
The homeowners positively identified Cowan as the man trying to break in to their residence, WGHP said.
Cowan was charged with breaking and entering with the intent to commit felony/larceny and was being held under a $5,000 bond, WRAL reported.
No injuries were reported, WGHP said.
(H/T: Bearing Arms)