DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A Dothan man faces an attempted murder charge after he hit his own mother numerous times with an axe, according to Dothan police.

He was reportedly trying to kill her in at a Woodlawn Drive home.

The violence left gashes on the woman’s arms and head, but she fought for her life and was able to survive the ordeal with non-life-threatening injuries. Lt. Doug Magill said the woman was trying to keep the ax from striking her head at the time.

Brandon Michael Holmes, 26, ran from the scene and then tried to steal a car.

Dothan police were able to capture the alleged axe swinger, charging him with attempted murder and theft of property charges.