A shocking story has emerged out of Toledo, Ohio where a hatchet-wielding man launched a bloody attack on a defenseless woman. Now, the story has gone viral after a good Samaritan stepped in to deliver instant justice.
According to local news source WTOL, the horrific attack took place on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, on the 700 block of Lodge Avenue in South Toledo. According to police, a violent man identified as 59-year-old Bernard Neyland brutally attacked a woman with a hatchet striking blow after blow to her arms, legs, head, and face. The bloody attack took place in broad daylight and immediately drew the attention of several bystanders.
“I heard this lady screaming,” said one neighbor who didn’t want to be identified. “She was saying, help me! He’s killing me! He’s killing me!” Police said that Neyland and a woman later identified as 53-year-old Lakita Wilson were having an argument in a truck near the intersection of Nelson and Lodge when the brutal attack took place.
The neighbor described the moment of horror when he realized what Neyland was doing to Wilson. “I thought it was his hand, but it was actually an ax,” he said. The man also said that he saw Neyland strike the woman numerous times in her arms and face. “She was bleeding and she was just screaming for her life,” said the man. This is when witnesses saw 29-year-old Benjamin Hand rush out of his front door and approach the white truck.
Hand raised his firearm and shot Neyland multiple times bringing the horrific attack on Wilson to an end. In the following moments, Neyland died. Once again, it was a good guy with a gun who was in the right place at the right time to save the day. “Just think, had it been my wife or niece I would have wanted somebody to save them — not actually take a life, but some people leave you no choice,” said the unidentified man.
Investigators have not yet released information on what led to the horrific attack on Wilson. The sad reality here only supports the idea that victims of violent crime often suffer at the hands of someone they know. According to WTOL, another neighbor named Mark Mason described the disturbing things he saw. “There were injuries on her arms, legs, head, face where he had hit her with the ax,” Mason said.
It’s astonishing to think that anyone could perpetrate such a horrific crime on a defenseless woman. Ironically, a brief look at Neyland’s social media presence reveals a telling picture of Marvel’s green bad-tempered monster named “The Hulk.” The word “udig” can be seen over the picture of “The Hulk” next to Neyland.
It won’t be long before the mainstream media tries to criminalize Hand for shooting Neyland dead. The truth of the matter is that an innocent woman’s life was in danger, and Hand didn’t wake up that morning wanting to take another man’s life. He saw what was happening to Wilson and he made a decision not to allow Neyland to murder her.
A neighbor said it best when describing what most in the community think of Hand’s actions. “He was justified because he saved somebody’s life. Actually, he’s a hero,” the neighbor said.
Once again, the 2nd Amendment pulls its own weight. A hatchet-wielding madman who was brutally trying to murder an innocent woman was stopped by a good guy with a gun.
If it had not been for Hand and his resolve to protect an innocent life, Wilson’s family would be planning a funeral this week instead of Neyland’s. This story is another tragic reminder that we live in a violent society but also that law-abiding gun owners who are present in a crisis are like having a guardian angel on your shoulder.