Despite being stabbed numerous times, William Traynor was able to wrestle his attacker to the ground and keep him there until police arrived.
Traynor woke up about 3:45 a.m. to the sound of an intruder in his home. When Traynor came face to face with 62-year-old Michael Garland, a struggle ensued, CBS 5 News reports.
Michael Garland allegedly pulled a knife out and stabbed William Traynor multiple times, according to authorities. Even while bleeding, Traynor was able to wrestle Garland down and hold on to him until police arrived.
Traynor was taken to a Scottsdale hospital for treatment of the stab wounds. According to authorities, he's expected to be all right. Traynor's wife and 15-year-old son were home at the time of the break-in, but weren't harmed.
Garland was arrested and is now in police custody. Police believe he's a transient who had no connection to the family. He'll likely face charges for burglary and aggravated assault.
Contrary to popular belief, burglary isn't restricted to breaking into a business or home with the intent to steal. Instead, burglary is defined as the unauthorized entry into a structure with the intent to commit any felony inside.
Garland will probably also be charged with aggravated assault. Under Arizona's criminal code, a person may be convicted of aggravated assault if he commits an assault that causes serious physical injury or that involved the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon.
Arizona homeowners can even use deadly force to fend off intruders under certain cicrumstances. Arizona law incorporates the Castle Doctrine, a legal theory which holds that a person may use deadly force in his home to defend himself and others from physical attack by an intruder.
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