Would-be Florida burglar gets more than he bargained for when residents fight back, use stun gun on him

Michael Maxwell, 19, appears battered and bruised in his mug shot after, police say, he and three others tried to storm and rob a Palm Bay home.

Michael Maxwell is held in lieu of a $51,000 bond. He has been charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon and four counts of battery.

Michael Maxwell is held in lieu of a $51,000 bond. He has been charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon and four counts of battery. – Handout

By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

That was the message some Florida residents had for Michael Maxwell, 19, who got more than he bargained for when he and three accomplices allegedly tried a home invasion in Palm Bay. When the group tried to enter the home around 1 a.m. last Wednesday, the residents fought back, kicking, beating and even using a stun gun on Maxwell, Florida Today reported.

The alleged burglar, who moonlights as a tattoo artist, was hospitalized for his injuries before police took him to jail and charged him with home invasion robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon and four counts of battery. But judging by Maxwell’s mug shot, it was he who was battered.

The alleged failed crook appears dazed in his jailhouse photo, one eye squinting and puffy. He lip is swollen, and he has a cut on his nose. His T-shirt is ripped and stained with blood.

Police say the crew arrived in a gold 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and stormed the home unsuccessfully. A 17-year-old alleged accomplice was arrested with Maxwell, too.

Police have not said whether the would-be burglars knew the home’s occupants.

Maxwell is held in lieu of a $51,000 bond.

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