Police in the southern Californian town of Hemet said a woman called emergency services on Saturday morning and said she had been awakened by a man trying to remove her watch from her wrist.
The woman told police she had quickly grabbed one of her throwing axes and chased the man out of the apartment.
Police searched the area and found a man hiding behind some nearby bushes, along with property belonging to the woman.
Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas Ulloa was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? firstname.lastname@example.org