LEBANON, Mo. -

A Lebanon couple woke up to find a stranger in their home in the middle of the night.

"He just walked through the hallway. My son's bedroom was right on the left, he passed it and, as he flipped on my daughter's light, I came around the corner of the door, came face to face with him and I said, 'What are you doing in here?'" said homeowner Vanessa Williams.

With three kids and a wife to protect, her husband was there within seconds.

"My husband jumped out of bed and was hitting the guy and he knocked him out in the first punch," Williams said.

"Once the police arrived, the suspect was arrested.  He was later charged through the Laclede County prosecutor's office and is currently in the Laclede County Jail," said Lebanon Police Detective Tim Early.

The alleged intruder is 26-year old Joseph Stein. Some consider getting a few bruises and a second degree trespassing charge getting off easy.

"Typically we do have a firearm by the bedside but since gun season finished up it wasn't there so luckily for the gentleman who broke in that saved his life," said Williams.

Although the situation could have turned out much worse had there been a firearm within reach, officers say state laws protect homeowners in these situations.

"There are laws out there that would protect you and protect your property but I also think that sometimes there's some thin lines that you probably need to watch yourself," Early said.

Now as the family tries to return to normal, they'll make some changes to their homes security.

"I don't feel unsafe in my home and I'm not going to let some creep make me feel that way but I am going to be more attentive to making sure doors are locked when we go to bed or when we're going to be away," said Williams.

Turns out,  the intruder was unarmed. Lebanon police say he was drunk and probably wandered into the wrong address.