A New Hampshire father used an aluminum t-ball bat to protect his family from an escaped prisoner.

Mark Chetwynd was building a snowman with his daughter outside their East Kingston, New Hampshire, home on Saturday when a man in an orange jumpsuit approached.

Chetwynd jumped into action, sending his daughter inside the house with his wife. Chetwynd then grabbed the closest thing he could find in the garage to ward off the prisoner, an aluminum t-ball bat.

Chetwynd explained that the man tried to steal his truck, but he prevented him from closing the vehicle's door with the bat.

"As he was trying to shut it, I had [the bat] right here so he couldn't close it," Chetwynd said. "I was about in the back of the truck when I gave him a whack or two."

Those whacks with the bat were enough to take the prisoner down until police could subdue and arrest him.

Authorities say the prisoner escaped from a nearby hospital during an x-ray. He is now facing new charges.

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