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MMA Fighter Takes On 4 Gang Members in His House, Learns His Fate


Thanks to gun control laws and the left’s opposition to the Castle Doctrine, criminals in most states are pretty comfortable betting that a home they break into will not have an owner inside with a loaded handgun or shot gun.

But as one MMA fighter proved, we all have the right to bear arms, literally!  He used only his arms and fists to take care of business against four intruders who broke into his home trying to stab him. One thug was armed with a shank, and another grabbed a knife from inside the home.

Joseph Torrez, who is 27 years old, has an impressive record as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athlete. Those four gang members found out just how talented he was after breaking into his home around 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

As Mad World News reports, their names were Sal Garces (25), Raymond Garces (19), Nathan Avalos (20), and Leonard Calvillo (22).

And there was one death

A home invasion early New Year’s Day left one alleged intruder dead, another hospitalized and two others in jail as the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

Deputies found Sal Garces, 25, stabbed and beaten near a home in the 600 block of King James Avenue in Doña Ana. He died at the scene.

Around that time, Nathan Avalos, 20, was transported to an El Paso hospital with what DASO called “severe” facial injuries.

Sal Garces, his 19-year-old brother Raymond Garces, Avalos and 22-year-old Leonard Calvillo reportedly had forced their way into the mobile home about 2 a.m.

Once inside, the deadly fight started among the alleged intruders and the 27-year-old man living there. He has not been charged in connection to the incident because authorities believe he acted in self-defense. For those reasons, the Las Cruces Sun-News is not identifying him.

After the fight, Raymond Garces and Calvillo fled, authorities said. Las Cruces police helped deputies locate and arrest them, according to a news release. Both men face several felony charges. Avalos has not been charged, but the case is still under investigation.

Shamefully, the District Attorney’s office investigated, as he may have used excessive force! But thankfully, after much media attention and help from evidence provided by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, he was exonerated from wrong-doing.

This is good news! Self-defense is an essential right in a free society, and no one should have to second guess an opportunity to defend their home from violent criminals.



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  2. Todd says:

    Excessive force. LMFAO. If you’re in my home there will be “Excessive Force” used, make no mistake. LMFAO.
    Liberals make me sick.

  3. Mike says:

    When you have four men breaking into your home, and you defend your home from all four men, there is no such a thing as excessive force, all bets are off and may the best man win.

  4. Derek says:

    good job Joseph!

  5. Tod says:

    Used excessive force?? Are you F*&^ing kidding me? WTF is wrong with this picture? F876 those gang bangers! He should have killed them all and anyone left standing should be charged with the deaths of the other suspects involved!

  6. Pasquale says:

    Time to kill DA’s and judges till they fly right.

  7. Neil says:

    why was there an investigation? The DA thought it was excessive force?

    its because he is a trainined martial artist, his hands and feet are classed as deadly weapons, and thats the only reason

  8. Lolan says:

    He should have left every one of them being carried out to ambulances, which I hope would have been very late in arriving. And the most stupid part of it, it the attorney looking into it to see if too much force was used. He needs his ass kicked.

  9. Lolan says:

    He should have left every one of them being carried out to ambulances, which I hope would have been very late in arriving. And the most stupid part of it, it the attorney looking into it to see if too much force was used. He needs his ass kicked.

  10. Lori says:

    Good for you sir, you are a well trained fighter! I don’t think anyone can say that was all fake…..I am very glad you were able to take care of business, against 4 of them! Had you been a regular citizen you would have most likely been killed by these animals! Again thank you for getting them animals off the streets!

  11. Shirley says:

    Why was it investigated at all? A waste of time and money. THEY broke in, THEY were armed, THEY were inside the house with the intension of hurting him. We were taught in security that you use sufficent force; if they have a knife you can have a knife; etc. HE used his HANDS against two KNIVES. It a case of justifiable SELF DEFENSE. Have we lost that much COMMON SENSE in this country?

    1. David says:

      An investigation was in order in order to determine what had happened. Finding no cause for action against the MMA fighter seems like the right outcome. Why not investigate and get it right?

  12. Jerry says:

    No such thing as excessive force when some ass hole enters your house uninvited. Looks like one less criminal out there and a few more that might not ever enter another persons home again !!!!

  13. Paul says:

    Keys to the city and a Man of the Year banquet are in order for this brave citizen…

  14. Fitzhugh says:

    Well perhaps 4 burglers will break into the District Attorney’s house sometime and we’ll see what happens.

  15. Melissa says:

    He should NEVER have been investigated for RIGHTFULLY defending HIS OWN HOME! I SWEAR these lawyers are going to make it so we have to shrink and walk away from what’s rightfully ours when violent offenders invade OUR space. Those four idiots RELINQUISHED THEIR RIGHTS OF ASSUMED SAFETY WHEN THEY FORCED THEIR WAY INTO A PLACE THEY HAD NO LEGAL RIGHT TO BE!!! THAT should have been the FIRST thing that D.A. should have realized!

  16. Mark says:

    there is no such thing as excessive force when trying to protect your home and family from a bunch of thugs and they got what they deserved maybe next time the home they break into the home owner will be armed and shoot them all double tap to the head. I have no sympathy for any of the thugs but the home owner was well in his rights to protect his home, No charges should be filed against him

  17. Ted says:

    The DA thought it was excessive force? Four men against one? Yes, shame on the DA if a man can’t protect himself and his home. Had those criminals tried it in my home, at least two of them would be dead. Guns save lives!

  18. Julie says:

    I firmly believe there would be a whole new attitude towards breaking and entering, burglary, home invasion, and any other uninvited entry into a citizens’ home if we were granted the right to protect ourselves from harm. Those that prey on the public would have to think twice about entering someone’s home if they feared a booby trap or a home owner intending to kill or maim them waiting inside. If a person posts their home as protected it should work the same as their land posted for trespass. Enter at your own risk. No one’s home should ever be violated and one should always have the right to feel safe in their own home. The police cannot be everywhere and can’t always arrive in time. Where are our rights in this matter. I also believe that if you haven’t been invited into the home and you are shot or maimed, you forfeit your right to sue and if you end up in prison, you forfeit any funds to repay the State for your medical. I just don’t believe criminals have rights.

  19. Travis says:

    Why was there even an investigation?