BATTLE CREEK, Michigan (FOX17)— Tuesday night was like any other night at the Ward household. Mom Sara Ward told her boys Reese and Skyler that she loved them and then headed to bed. Reese stayed up to watch Netflix. Skyler took a shower. Then their dog Kona started barking at the door. Someone was on the other side.
Reese, 11, grabbed his samurai sword and put it near the door, against the wall.
“I went to open the door to say ‘Hello, who are you and what do you want?’” said Reese sitting with his family on their front porch during an interview. “He started trying to push through.”
Reese said the man wore a hoodie with a red bandana wrapped around his face. Sara, who heard Kona barking, jumped out of bed and went to see what was going on. As she approached the door, the man kicked it in and broke the lock.
“Your first instinct is to fight back and protect yourself, protect your family,” said Sara. “So I started pushing back against the door and screaming, ‘Get out, get out.’”
Drywall and plaster from the kick got on Reese’s face forcing him to cover his eyes, he said. Nonetheless, he helped his mother, both of them using their body weight against the door to keep the intruder out. The man managed to get an arm inside and pepper sprayed them both. However Sara said it didn’t work. It was an old can. Then Skyler, 14, stepped out of the shower to see about the commotion.
“So I ran, grabbed the sword and ran at the guy as fast as I could with full intention of doing as much damage to him as possible,” said Skyler. “When I swung through the door, he got scared.”
There are multiple ways you could critique this story.
The kid should have known not to open the door for a stranger, especially one wearing a hood in summer.
The single mom should have been armed with a gun (it’s nice to hear she’s planning on purchasing one).
The older son probably should have sacked up a little sooner while his mom and little brother where fighting off an intruder and getting sprayed in the face with pepper spray..
But let’s focus on the positive.
A single mother and her two kids are still alive today.
They were able to thwart a criminal that had kicked in their front door. And although it may not be the most ideal weapon, the novelty katana played a roll in protecting the family, which is a pretty awesome twist on the story.