MMA Fighter Uses Deadly Force to Defend Home + Family
A Las Cruces man, trained in MMA, fought off four home intruders, hospitalizing one and killing another. The lesson, don't break into other people's homes. After being threatened by the men, Joseph Torrez, relied on his MMA training to protect his family.
One of the thugs threatened 27-year-old Joseph Torrez in a phone call before showing up with his cronies at Torrez's home on New Years Day in Las Cruces. The home invasion was allegedly part of an ongoing feud, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.
"I’ll kill you and your family ... I’ll go to your house," suspect Leonard Calvillo reportedly said.
The alleged assailants -- Sal Garces, 25, his brother Raymond, 19, Nathan Avalos, 20 and Calvillo, 22 -- forced their way into the mobile home at about 2 a.m. Torrez's fiancee, son and another woman were also inside at the time.
The older Garces was stabbed to death in the ensuing melee, and Avalos sustained "severe" facial injuries, according to the New York Daily News. He was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.
A recent update to the story: "Torrez' attorney, C.J. McElhinney, says his client is no longer cooperating with authorities. McElhinney said Monday that Joseph Torrez is at "beginning of a very long fight" and he fears the 27-year-old still may face charges even though he was protecting his family."
What do you think? Was Torrez within his rights?