POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Poplar Bluff Police arrested Steven Dover Monday afternoon on charges of first degree robbery and burglary, but the story is how the homeowner was able to get him out of the house.
The homeowner didn't have a baseball bat, a gun, or a kitchen knife handy to defend herself when police say Dover tried to break in, so she grabbed the first thing she saw; it just happened to be an old railroad spike!
She says she hit Dover once in the head, and it was enough to keep her and her roommate safe.
"There was blood on the floor. A large amount. Probably covered three to four square feet," said Detective Bryce Colin.
I spoke with the alleged victim, Stephanie Molina, and while she didn't want to go on camera, she did tell me she picked up the spike while walking along the railroad tracks on the 4th of July.
She said she just thought it was neat, and never imagined she would have to use it.
Colin says he's never seen anyone use one in self defense.
"Typically a baseball bat, golf club, a kitchen knife. Nothing like a rusted railroad tie," he said.
Molina says she wishes she didn't have to use the railroad spike, but says she's glad it was there when she needed it.